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Unit description

Provides students with knowledge and skills in applied research methods in psychology. The unit examines core principles in designing rigorous, high quality research, and develops practical skills in data collection and analysis. Students learn how to critically appraise quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research and in the process, develop an understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses, and how they can each be used to answer applied research questions in psychology. 

Unit content

  • the background and importance of applied research methods in psychology
  • ethical considerations in applied research in psychology
  • designing experimental research
  • non-experimental quantitative research designs
  • background, rationale, and philosophy of qualitative research
  • qualitative data collection using interviews and focus groups
  • analysing qualitative data: conducting thematic analysis
  • strategies for enhancing quality and rigour in qualitative research
  • mixed-methods research: combining qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • appraising, critiquing, and reporting research of various designs.

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the relevance, importance, and potential value of various approaches to scientific inquiry in psychologyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate understanding of core principles of designing and conducting high-quality researchEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3acquire and use practical skills for collecting qualitative data through interviews and focus groupsEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate knowledge and skills in analysing qualitative data using thematic analysisKnowledge of a discipline
5critically appraise the relative strengths and weaknesses of various research methodologiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the relevance, importance, and potential value of various approaches to scientific inquiry in psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate understanding of core principles of designing and conducting high-quality research
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. acquire and use practical skills for collecting qualitative data through interviews and focus groups
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate knowledge and skills in analysing qualitative data using thematic analysis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically appraise the relative strengths and weaknesses of various research methodologies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

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Fee information

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