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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Describe the scientific method and scientific thinking principles;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical issues in research;
  • Describe the main concepts of measurement and various sampling methods;
  • Explain the general concept of an experiment and a quasi-experiment and outline uses of these designs in research;
  • Describe a range of research methods and be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method;
  • Select appropriate research designs and research methods to address hypothetical and real world problems.
    • Scientific Method
    • Research Approaches and Data Collection Methods
    • Measurement and Sampling
    • Ethical Issues in Research
    • Experiments and experimental designs
    • Quasi-experiments and non-experiments
    • Survey research
    • Qualitative and Mixed Methods research
    • Analysing and Interpreting Data
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • 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 materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Critical Review (15%)
  • Research Project (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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