Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
5 x 2-hour practicals per semester
Prerequisites
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
2 3 of PSYC1101, PSYC1102, PSYC1106
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC2009 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
PSYC1106 Research Methods 1 or equivalent.
Assessment
Short answer exam, multiple choice exam, assignments.
Topic description

This topic includes an introduction to the skills required to carry out research in psychology/behavioural sciences.

The specific issues to be addressed include:

  1. Basic research skills (the scientific method, critical evaluation of research, experimental and non-experimental designs)
  2. 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
  3. 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
Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop research design skills required in carrying out research in the psychological sciences
  • Introduce the basic univariate and bivariate data analysis skills required in carrying out research in the psychological sciences
  • Develop skills in the effective written communication of empirical psychological research
  • Introduce a more in-depth coverage of statistical alternatives to tests of statistical significance; primarily the APA recommended complementary techniques of confidence intervals and effect sizes
  • Develop a critical thinking approach to research
  • Teach ethical obligations of researchers
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental research design concepts that underpin research in the psychological sciences
  2. Outline the ethical standards that apply to research
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the statistical techniques learnt
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate, in written form, the outcomes of empirical research
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of confidence intervals and effect sizes, and their relation to tests of statistical significance
  6. Show a capacity to apply critical thinking skills in tackling research problems

Key dates and timetable

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