Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Prerequisites
1 Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
1a Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
1b Admission into BPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science
1c Admission into BA-Bachelor of Arts
1d Admission into BAPSP-Bachelor of Arts (Psychological Science Pathway)
1e Admission into BAHA-Bachelor of Arts - Enhanced Program for High Achievers
1f Admission into BASC-Bachelor of Arts and Science
1g Admission into BCRIM-Bachelor of Criminology
1h Admission into BJSCR-Bachelor of Justice and Society (Criminology)
1i Admission into BEDMSSBA-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Arts
1j Admission into BAMTSP-Bachelor of Arts
1k Admission into BAMTPRP - Bachelor of Arts conditional entry to Master of Teaching (Primary R-7)
1l Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1m Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1n Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
1o Admission into BEDSBA-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts
1p Admission into BCSCAI-Bachelor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
1q Admission into BCSCAIH-Bachelor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) (Honours)
1r Admission into BAHCC-Bachelor of Arts (Health in Community Contexts)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC1103, PSYC1206 has been successfully completed
Course context
Psychology major: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts
Assessment
Examination 40% and tests.
Topic description
Psychology is the scientific study of (mainly human) behaviour and thinking. Psychological knowledge has been (and is still being) accumulated by a process of making observations to answer questions.

In this topic we cover the basics of this process. Specifically, we will look at how psychologists:
  • decide what questions to ask
  • go about making observations to answer a question
  • interpret what they've observed to provide a sound answer to a question
In more technical terms, we will cover:
  • scientific theories and hypotheses
  • psychological measurement and research design
  • (very basic) data analysis and interpretation
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • increase understanding and appreciation of how human behaviour can be investigated scientifically and the methods used to do so
  • enable learning and practice of skills that are required for the conduct of scientific research
  • improve analytical and interpretive skills
  • enable students to become critical consumers of psychological research
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic will be able to:
  • Identify and generate valid scientific theories and hypotheses
  • Identify basic research designs
  • Plan basic research studies, for each of the different types of design
  • Interpret data from each of the different types of basic research design