BEHV 3004 Advanced Research Methods

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101689

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Description This unit advances the research methods and statistics in the prerequisite unit, Experimental Design and Analysis. It introduces students to non-experimental, correlational research design, and survey research, including questionnaire design, sampling and administration, with reference to ethics particularly related to cultural contexts and specific groups. Knowledge and skills in the construction and evaluation of psychological tests are also taught. Related correlational statistical techniques are taught, together with advanced analysis of variance, and instruction in the use of SPSS. The unit also develops skills in conducting and reporting psychological research and provides an introduction to qualitative research.

School Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 2006

Equivalent Subjects MATH 3002 - Advanced Survey Design and Analysis

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of experimental design, and basic quantitative analysis techniques up to and including one-way Analysis of Variance.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of non-experimental correlational research methodology, advanced experimental methodology and survey research techniques (APAC Graduate Attribute 1.1);
  2. Demonstrate competence in writing survey questions, and designing survey questionnaires and understanding survey ethics (APAC GA 1.1 and 1.4)
  3. Articulate principles of scale construction (APAC GA 1.1)
  4. Demonstrate competence in correlational statistical techniques (APAC GA 1.1)
  5. Demonstrate competence in advanced analysis techniques applicable to both experimental and non-experimental research methods (APAC GA 1.1);
  6. Plan, conduct, and report non-experimental research (APAC GA 1.1).
  7. Explain non-experimental correlational research methodology, advanced experimental methodology and survey research techniques
  8. Demonstrate competence in writing survey questions, designing survey questionnaires and understanding survey ethics in various cultural contexts and with specific groups
  9. Articulate principles of scale construction
  10. Demonstrate competence in correlational statistical techniques
  11. Demonstrate competence in advanced analysis techniques applicable to both experimental and non-experimental research methods
  12. Plan, conduct, and report non-experimental research

Subject Content

Correlational (nonexperimental) research methodology
Survey research methodology
Questionnaire design
Scale construction
Reliability and validity of measuring instruments
Survey administration
Survey sampling
Statistical techniques appropriate to the analysis of nonexperimental research data: bivariate correlation and regression, multiple regression, factor analysis, reliability analysis, chi-square
Advanced analysis techniques: One-way ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis nonparametric alternative, planned and post hoc comparisons, factorial ANOVA.
Correlational (non-experimental) research methodology;
Survey research methodology;
Questionnaire design;
Scale construction;
Reliability and validity of measuring instruments;
Survey administration;
Survey sampling;
Ethics related to surveys in various cultural contexts and specific groups.
Statistical techniques appropriate to the analysis of non-experimental research data: bivariate correlation and regression, multiple regression, factor analysis, reliability analysis, chi-square;
Advanced analysis techniques: One-way ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis nonparametric alternative, planned and post hoc comparisons, factorial ANOVA.
Introduction to qualitative research.

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
Report 2,500 words 40 N Individual
Portfolio 3 exercises 10 N Individual
Quizzes 10 x 5 multiple choice questions 5 N Individual
Final Exam 3 hours 45 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Bankstown

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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2022 Trimester 1

Wsu Online

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2022 Trimester 3

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