Unit description

Introduces the basic research methods used in Psychology. Students participate in the complete cycle of the experimental process from hypothesis formulation to experiment design and participation, to the submission of a written report describing the process. It is a practical complement to the 'Introduction to Psychology I' unit.

Unit content

Introduction of a laboratory report
Methods and results of a laboratory report
Discussion and references of a laboratory report
Abstract and title of a laboratory report

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Copies are available in the University Library: O’Shea, RP & McKenzie, W, 2010, Writing for psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780170214681.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (11 weeks)


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (11 weeks)

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Fee information


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