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Introduction to Psychological Research Methods (PSY173)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to methods of research used to answer psychological questions. Students will explore basic approaches to research design and analysis, and issues that affect decision-making in research. The aims in this unit are to provide a foundation for understanding the process of psychological inquiry and to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate studies in the psychological literature.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/laboratories/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Assessment Students are given a series of written assignments designed to test and apply their knowledge of what they have learnt through the semester. These generally involve the students being required to calculate and interpret statistics, as well as decide upon the correct statistical test to use based on the question being asked. Written feedback on assignments is provided by tutors and peers. A final exam comprising of multiple choice questions, calculations and interpretation of statistics based on the material taught during semester is also assessed.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Developmental Psychology
Health Psychology
Organisational Psychology
Social and Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Sport Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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