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Introduction to Psychological Research (6611.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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    • Semester 2, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (180110) - View
    • Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164178) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (151801) - View
    • Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (140559) - View

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    In this unit, students will be introduced to the research methods used in psychology. The unit covers: the research process, experimental and quasi-experimental methods; survey and correlational research; qualitative research; hypothesis testing; measurement; sampling and distributions; descriptive statistics; and statistical inference in terms of test and correlation. Students will also be introduced to using the statistical package SPSS.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit students will:

    1. Have an understanding of the major types of research methods used in psychology and the advantages and disadvantages of each;

    2. Be aware of some of the issues affecting the validity of research designs; and

    3. Be able to enter data in SPSS and produce and interpret descriptive statistics, t-test and correlation.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    39 hours of classes per semester.




    4309 Psychology 101 OR 4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology

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