The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

PSYC1000

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


Content

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

PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in PsychologyThe 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.FSCITFaculty of Science722School of Psychology1010005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195980Semester 2 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019PSYC1010Lectures 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. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Demonstrate the ability to apply the key principles of research methods in psychology;2Recognise the fundamental considerations of psychological experimental design;3Formulate assessable scientific questions within the framework of psychology and design suitable research paradigms to test these questions;4Select appropriate experimental designs to suit different research questions;5Identify research ethics issues;6Create basic psychological experiments using dedicated software;7Collect, manipulate and analyse data; and8Interpret data and create graphical representations of data. Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical participation in tasksIn Term Test: Class Test (Practical)Written Assignment: Written AssessmentFormal Examination: Formal Examination Callaghan and OurimbahLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0PracticalFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for7Weeks2See course outline for practical schedule


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical participation in tasks

In Term Test: Class Test (Practical)

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 2

See course outline for practical schedule