Introductory Research Methods in Psychology

Course code PSYC1000
Not available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


The course is structured around three basic themes. They are:

(i) Psychology research methodology

(ii) Understanding data

(iii) Bringing methodology and data together

This course provides a start to understanding the psychology approach to research, experimental design, interpretation of data, research reporting and issues in research ethics. The course is essentially an integrated delivery where practical classes are designed to support weekly lecture topics.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to apply the key principles of research methods in psychology;

2. Recognise the fundamental considerations of psychological experimental design;

3. Formulate assessable scientific questions within the framework of psychology and design suitable research paradigms to test these questions;

4. Select appropriate experimental designs to suit different research questions;

5. Identify research ethics issues;

6. Create basic psychological experiments using dedicated software;

7. Collect, manipulate and analyse data; and

8. Interpret data and create graphical representations of data.


Lectures and practicals will cover broad areas in scientific psychology such as:

the scientific method, non-experimental research, experimental research, correlational research, validity and reliability in experimental research, experimental design, human and animal research ethics, problem identification, designing and setting up research experiments, hypothesis formation and testing, control techniques, data collection, data interpretation and research report reading and writing.

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical participation in tasks

Written Assignment: Written Assessment Task No 1

In Term Test: Class Test (Practical)

Written Assignment: Written Assessment Task No 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term