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Introduction to Psychological Research Methods (PSY173)

School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Design a simple study to answer a specific research question
2. Use statistical and graphical techniques to analyse data and to interpret the results in terms of their psychological meaning
3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods
4. Write a laboratory report in APA style to describe to the psychological community a piece of research that you have conducted.
Timetabled Learning Activities Murdoch: 30 contact hours consisting of 19 hours of lectures (in 7 of the 12 teaching weeks there are 2x 1 hour lectures per week, and in the other 5 teaching weeks there is 1x1 hour lecture per week) and 11 hours of tutorials.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorial and online activities. Lectures will provide unit content. Tutorial sessions provide the opportunity to apply lecture material to hands-on activities including gathering and analysing psychological data, reporting findings, and designing original psychological studies. Online activities are designed in some instances to prepare students for tutorial tasks and in other instances to reinforce or supplement content covered in face to face sessions.
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. Students are required to write a laboratory report based on a set topic and data collected in week 2 of semester. 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:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors Neuroscience
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.
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods (PSY1731) - as for PSY173 except as follows
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal
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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Design a simple study to answer a specific research question
2. Use statistical and graphical techniques to analyse data and to interpret the results in terms of their psychological meaning
3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods
4. Write a laboratory report in APA style to describe to the psychological community a piece of research that you have conducted.
Timetabled Learning Activities (12 weeks x 4 hours face-to-face learning per teaching week)
1 x 2-hour Lecture per week
1 x 1-hour Tutorial per week
1 x 1-hour Workshop per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorial and online activities. Lectures will provide unit content. Tutorial sessions provide the opportunity to apply lecture material to hands-on activities including gathering and analysing psychological data, reporting findings, and designing original psychological studies. Online activities are designed in some instances to prepare students for tutorial tasks and in other instances to reinforce or supplement content covered in face to face sessions.
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:
see individual structures for context
Diploma of Psychological Studies [New in 2019]
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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Unit Coordinator
PSY173
Ms Olivia Monson
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6741
e: Olivia.Monson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.009A - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PSY173

KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Olivia Monson
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6741
e: Olivia.Monson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.009A - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
PSY173

DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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PSY1731

DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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