Research Development

Course code PSYC6505Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Provides an overview of the steps in developing a research project from the stage of literature searching and question formulation, through to key issues of research design and choices of methodology, as well as planning for analysis and writing an ethics submission. Key underpinning principles of validity and reliability will be emphasised. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be discussed, including critical appraisal of relevant published research papers. Key statistical tools for research of particular relevance to both clinical and health psychology fields will be reviewed, particularly techniques for multivariate analysis.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the semester the student will be able to:

1. Define and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of 'validity' and 'reliability' as key principles underpinning rigorous psychological research.
2. Identify clinical or health-related issues where psychological research is needed and can make a meaningful contribution, and formulate research questions and related hypotheses that are clear, specific and feasible to address.
3. Undertake a thorough literature review relevant to an identified area of research, making effective and efficient use of computerised databases and tools such as the Cochrane review database.
4. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research designs, and be able to select those suitable to address particular research questions and test particular hypotheses.
5. Appreciate the broad range of research methodologies and approaches to data collection that may be applicable to research in their field, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, and be able to select the most appropriate methodologies for particular research questions.
6. Utilise appropriate criteria defining high quality, rigorous research to critically appraise both quantitative and qualitative research studies and their findings.
7. Demonstrate skills in effective presentation of research.
8. Demonstrate a capacity to employ multivariate statistical techniques and other analytical methods (such as the calculation of interrater reliability) of particular relevance for research in their field.
Content1. Identifying a research area and defining research questions and hypotheses
2. Undertaking a literature review, including the Cochrane Review database
3. Research designs and methods - strengths, limitations and applications
4. Critical appraisal of published research
5. Issues in collaborative/applied research
6. Statistical techniques
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1. Critical appraisal exercise.
2. Statistical working problems.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement.
This is an ungraded hurdle (compulsory) requirement.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Health Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology and the Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6505