BEHV 1003 Introduction to Research Methods

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101190

Coordinator Catherine O'Gorman Opens in new window

Description This unit covers the conceptual underpinnings of research in psychology, including research designs such as experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental and qualitative research. Conducting ethical research will be covered, including consideration of how research participants are positioned, issues related to conducting research with diverse populations, as well research validity. Writing research proposals and reports according to the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) are also considered.

School Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Display basic knowledge of the terminology, logic and procedures used in research (APAC Graduate Attribute 1);
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to evaluate research (APAC GA 3);
  3. Apply knowledge of research skills appropriate to problems being investigated, particularly the types of problem encountered in psychology (APAC GA 3);
  4. Integrate statistical procedures with research methods (APAC GA 2);
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to design and conduct research (APAC GA 2);
  6. Write a standard research report using the APA structure and formatting conventions (APAC GA 6).
  7. Explain basic knowledge of the terminology, logic and procedures used in qualitative and quantitative research.
  8. Identify and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate research approaches and findings, including ethics and diversity considerations.
  9. Select and explain appropriate research skills for problems under investigation in psychology.
  10. Explain alignment of analytical procedures with research methods
  11. Demonstrate the capacity to design basic research, individually and as part of a group
  12. Write a research proposal using the APA structure and formatting conventions.

Subject Content

Introduction to scientific research
Types of research: observational research
Measurement
Nonexperimental (correlational) research methods
Experimental research
Experimental and quasi-experimental research
Survey research
Sampling
Ethics in research
The research process (research idea and question, research design, analysis strategy)
Producing the final research report (Title page, Abstract, introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References, and Appendices)
The Scientific Method and Psychology: Why Study Research Methods?
Epistemology and Research Paradigms: Constructivism, Positivism, Realism
Overview of Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods
Qualitative Research I: Key approaches (e.g. grounded theory, phenomenology)
Qualitative Research II: Qual research design and techniques in data analysis
Quant Research I: Research hypotheses; IVs and DVs
Quant Research II: Research Design: Experimental & Correlational
Quant Research III: Sampling and hypothesis testing
Quant Research IV: Descriptive statistics: Central tendency & variance
Writing Research Proposals and Reports
Research Validity: threats to internal and external validity, controlling extraneous variables
Research and Ethics and diverse populations

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 15 (Group) Proposal 35 (Individual) 1,500 words 50 N Individual
Quizzes 6 short online quizzes on lecture content 10 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 2

Wsu Online

Online

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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