Scientific Foundations of Psychology
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Apply an understanding of the historical, philosophical and methodological foundations of psychology, including the ethical guidelines governing psychological practice and research to contexts beyond those of psychology itself.
- Critically evaluate the research design, analysis and interpretation of a basic investigation in psychology, including identification and description of potential cultural biases arising from psychological research and assessment methods.
- Design a basic research study on a behavioural phenomenon and develop a logical and well supported conclusion based on empirical evidence, including potential solutions to resolve issues such as cultural bias.
- Identify and use appropriate information sources to support an oral and written argument with appropriate formatting and referencing schemes acceptable to international standards, and demonstrate appropriate ethical conduct (e.g. avoiding plagiarism and collusion) in line with professional expectations.
- • Philosophical foundations of psychology: How do we gain knowledge? What is the scientific method? How does science progress? Is Psychology WEIRD?
- • Cultural and Ethical Foundations of Psychology: Conducting inclusive research valuing cultural diversity and lived experience.
- • Qualitative research methods.
- • Introduction to basic statistics.
- • Z scores, the normal distribution, probability, and inference.
- • Null hypothesis significance
- testing with t test for
- independent means.
- • Estimation with confidence intervals.
- • Meta-analysis with efect sizes and confidence intervals.
- • Historical foundations of
- Psychology: Schools of Thought from Pre-Psychology to Neuroeconomics.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PSY1HPM (History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological Science) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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In this subject you will be introduced to the philosophical, historical and methodological foundations of the discipline of psychology. You will critically examine how theories are developed and used in psychological science and examine how they are operationalised in experimental contexts. As part of a team, you will propose your own research question in an applied area of psychology and present this enquiry to your class, and as an individual you will analyse, present and discuss the results in a written report.
- 2 x Online Quizzes at mid and end of semester, 2 x 1000 words equivalent (2 x 60 minutes each). (50%)
- 10-minute group discussion and display poster presentation. (500-word equivalent, 10-minute oral presentation) . (15%)
- Written Laboratory Report (1500 words). (35%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.