1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
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 BPSFP-Bachelor of Psychological Science - City Campus
1s Admission into CPSBMK-Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Business (Marketing) - City Campus
1t Admission into CPSCR-Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Bachelor of Criminology - City Campus
1u Admission into CPSBUHR-Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) - City Campus
1v Admission into BCSCAIFP-Bachelor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) - City Campus
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 or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC1103, PSYC1206 has been successfully completed
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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and generate valid scientific theories and hypotheses
  2. Identify basic research designs
  3. Plan basic research studies, for each of the different types of design
  4. Interpret data from each of the different types of basic research design