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Introduction to Research Methods
Learn how to design and direct better research practices in the field of psychology and health. Pick up new and varied research methodologies. Analyse surveys, interviews and comparison studies. Work on hypothetical and real-world problems.
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- 26 Aug 2019
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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.
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Scientific Thinking
- Ethical Issues in Research
- Measuring people, variables and samples
- Experiments and experimental designs
- Quasi-experiments and non-experiments
- Observational methods and interview methods
- Survey research
- Comparison studies, cross-sectional, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies
- Qualitative methods (and Mixed Methods)
- Literature review / Systematic review / Meta analyses
- Applied Research and Program Evaluation
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Chat Rooms
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Welcome letter
- Printable format materials
No eligibility 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.
- Test (20%)
- Assignment — Written (40%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)
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