Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Understanding research methodology, data, and how to bring methodology and data together is essential for undertaking research in psychology. This course provides an introduction to understanding the psychology approach to research, experimental design, interpretation of data, research reporting and issues in research ethics. Fortnightly practical classes are designed to support the weekly lecture topics and will provide students with hands-on skills.

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

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. 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;

8. Interpret data and create graphical representations of data.


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

- the scientific method and problem identification

- experimental, non-experimental and correlational research

- validity and reliability in experimental research

- experimental design, setting up research experiments, and control techniques

- human and animal research ethics

- hypothesis formation and testing

- data collection and interpretation

- research report reading and writing


Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical participation in tasks

In Term Test: Class Tests (Practical)

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

See course outline for practical schedule

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