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Unit description

Supports the development of applied research and scientific communication skills for students completing an honours degree in psychology. The nature and limitations of psychological research and its application in the scientist-practitioner model are discussed. Students will reflect on, and critically evaluate, their own research practices. A variety of methodological practices suitable for applied research in psychological practice will be described. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of good data management practices and the ethical imperatives applying to research forming the scientific foundations of practice in psychology.

Unit content

  • The scientist practitioner model.
  • Levels of evidence and challenges to null hypothesis testing.
  • Single case designs and analysis, reliable change index.
  • Quasi-experiments.
  • Interrupted time series and program evaluation.
  • Communicating psychological science to a practitioner audience.
  • Big data and health informatics
  • Open science, replication and good data practices.
  • Writing a research proposal.

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
1select appropriate models for the design and analysis of single-subject data, and interpret the outcomes of theseKnowledge of a discipline
2provide a critical analysis of methodological practices in psychological research in an area of practical significanceIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
3construct an effective proposal for a research projectKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. select appropriate models for the design and analysis of single-subject data, and interpret the outcomes of these
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. provide a critical analysis of methodological practices in psychological research in an area of practical significance
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. construct an effective proposal for a research project
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (9 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (10 wks)
Assessment
QuizSR
PresentationSR
Project proposalSR

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (9 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (10 wks)
Assessment
QuizSR
PresentationSR
Project proposalSR
Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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