Introductory Research Methods in Psychology

Course code PSYC1000Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

The course is structured around three basic themes. They are:
(i) psychology research methodology,
(ii) understanding data, and
(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 tutorials and hands-on workshops are designed to support weekly lecture topics.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course, students will be able to:
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.
ContentLectures will cover broad areas in scientific psychology such as: the scientific method, nonexperimental research, experimental research, correlation 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.
Tutorials will cover activities such as: the review of papers, science versus pseudo science, scientific method, developing psychology research questions, the selection of appropriate designs to match research questions, experimental control variables, mock ethics and identification of issues, understanding data, interpreting results, research approaches and experimental design.
Workshops will be practical hands-on sessions such as, reviewing classic psychology experiments, interpreting, describing and presenting data, developing psychology studies using psychological experimental software such as SuperLab, using the analysis toolpak within spreadsheet software and JMP statistical software consolidation with applications to Psychology. Collaborative group work will be part of these sessions.
PSYC1000 will include self-directed software skill development training using university online ITSkills products such as Microsoft Office applications and the Windows XP Professional operating system. Also included will be the library skill tutorials and the academic integrity module as self-training activities.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionNo transitional arrangements are required.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1010
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC1000