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
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.
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.
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical participation in tasks
In Term Test: Class Test (Practical)
Written Assignment: Written Assessment
Formal Examination: Formal Examination
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