This topic includes an introduction to the skills required to carry out research in psychology/behavioural sciences.
The specific issues to be addressed include:(i)
Basic research skills (the scientific method, critical evaluation of research, experimental and non-experimental designs)(ii)
Basic data analysis (uni- and bivariate descriptive statistics, inferential statistical analyses of bivariate relationships [t-tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, simple linear regression, and corresponding non-parametric tests including the chi-square test], the logic of inferential statistics, confidence intervals and effect sizes, and statistical analysis using SPSS. In addition, we introduce the extension to two independent variables by considering factorial ANOVA and multiple regression(iii)
The effective communication of research findings (primarily written). The emphasis is on an approach of critical thinking about research which looks at the whole process as well as the purpose of research rather than the mere development of a set of structured rules to follow.