Equips students with conceptual and practical skills in research design and the conduct of behavioural research, including experimental and non-experimental research designs. Students will also be introduced to critical evaluation of evidence, groupwork, data analysis, data interpretation, and communication. Students will gain hands on experience conducting survey research, including formulating research questions, designing a questionnaire, and collecting and analysing data using basic quantitative analyses.
- Generating real-world research ideas and working with existing literature
- Selecting appropriate research designs and methodologies
- Defining and measuring variables
- Designing and conducting survey research: Creating effective survey instruments
- Selecting an appropriate sampling method
- Collecting, analysing and interpreting data: Statistics for beginners
- Designing and conducting observational research
- Designing and conducting experiments
- Designing and conducting ethical and culturally appropriate research
- Designing and conducting qualitative research
- Designing and conducting applied research and program evaluation
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions|
|2||evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the community|
|3||identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of information|
|4||conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions
- evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the community
- identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of information
- conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.
Prescribed Learning Resources
- Burton, L, Goodwin, CJ, Goodwin, KA, Jose, P, Lambros, A, & Lamont-Mills, A, 2018, Psychology research methods, Wiley & Sons, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-730-36325-5.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 1.5 hours (12 weeks)|
|Structured online learning 2 hours (6 weeks)|
|Short written response||40%|
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