Introduction to Psychological Research (6611.3)
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|Discipline Of Psychology||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| 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 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Corequisites4309 Psychology 101 OR 4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology
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There are no compulsory readings for this unit.
Haslam, S. A. & McGarty, C. (2014). Research methods and statistics in psychology (2nd Ed). London: Sage.
Allen, P. & Bennett, K. (2014). SPSS: A Practical Guide. Version 22.0. South Melbourne, Australia: Cenage Learning Australia.
APA. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Please read the above information carefully regarding extensions and late penalties. In addition to the above, please note the following:
- Students are expected to work on the assessment items throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised. Students should assess early in the teaching period whether they have a reasonable likelihood of being able to complete the unit and should consider withdrawing by the census date, if required.
- Completed Assignment Extension forms should be emailed to the unit convener along with supporting documentation (please put "Extension request" in the subject line).
- The unit convener will consider your request, determine the length of the extension to be granted and email you advising whether your request is approved or declined.
- Assignments submitted after the due date, regardless of whether an extension was granted, will be returned at a later date than those submitted on time.
Special assessment requirements
All three assessment components must be submitted for evaluation in order to be eligible to pass the unit. The final mark is determined by adding all three assessment marks together – each individual assessment item does not need to be passed in order to pass the unit. Late penalties will be applied to the laboratory reports for those students without an approved extension.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are expected to attend in person or access online all lectures. Students can choose to attend face to face tutorials or participate in the equivalent online learning environment.
Required IT skills
No special IT skills are required for this unit, although it is expected that all students will have basic word-processing skills. If you are unfamiliar with searching specialist databases for accessing Psychology Journals please see the UC library site for details of training sessions. Skills in SPSS will be taught during the unit.
No materials are required for this unit. Some materials are recommended and are available for purchase from the Co-op Bookshop.
Work placement, internships or practicums