The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

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
  • 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
  • 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


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


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

See course outline for practical schedule