Unit description

Develops students' understanding of the basic research methods and issues involved in a career in psychology. It extends upon the unit SCI11005 which formed the first part of the Laboratory Program in Psychology, and has been designed as a practical complement to BHS11002 Introduction to Psychology II. The unit aims to develop creative scientific skills in the context of a non-experimental research project. Its focus will be on developing a plan for a correlation-based research project - via the writing of an ethics application - and reporting on the outcomes - via oral presentation. This theme maps closely to the modules of study in BHS11002, but also includes knowledge of modules from BHS11001.

Unit content

Ethics frameworks: Preparing a research project via writing an ethics application
Discipline knowledge: Correlational research, methods and analysis, and research into personality
Discipline knowledge: Introduction to Excel and stimulus presentation software
Effective communications: Written and oral aspects of scientific communication

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 2

  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older versions are fine to use: O’Shea, RP & McKenzie WA, 2013, Writing for psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780170214681.
  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older/newer versions are fine to use: Weiten, W, 2013, Psychology: Themes and Variations, 9th edn, Thomson, Belmont CA.
  • This is a recommended (though not prescribed) text only: Strunk Jr, W & White, EB, 1999, The Elements of Style, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hour (11 weeks)
Ethics application40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (6 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Ethics application40%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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