Introduction to Research Methods - 2017

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Unit summary

PSY10005

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,700.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,950.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of different research designs and research methods for psychology and health sciences. Students will gain familiarity with the scientific method, ethical issues in research, measurement, research design, and research methods. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant knowledge in the selection and evaluation of research designs and methods and how to collect data that will address specific research questions.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Describe the scientific method and scientific thinking principles
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical issues in research
  3. Describe the main concepts of measurement and various sampling methods
  4. Explain the general concept of an experiment and a quasi-experiment and outline uses of these designs in research
  5. Describe a range of research methods and be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method
  6. Select appropriate research designs and research methods to address hypothetical and real world problems.
  • Assignment (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to Research Methods
2Scientific Thinking
3Ethical Issues in Research
4Measuring people, variables and samples
5Experiments and experimental designs
6Quasi-experiments and non-experiments
7Observational methods and interview methods
8Survey research
9Comparison studies, cross-sectional, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies
10Qualitative methods (and Mixed Methods)
11Literature review / Systematic review / Meta analyses
12Applied Research and Program Evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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