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PSYC13-305: Research Methods in Psychology May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces students to the scientific methods of psychological research. It includes an overview of research design and techniques for analysing data. Students learn how to evaluate the strengths and limitations of various research designs and how to critically scrutinise results published in psychological journals.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC13-305
Subject title:Research Methods in Psychology
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Self-directed study

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • L. Burton Psychology Research Methods. 8th Edition, Wiley
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.

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Nil

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation;
  2. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills of Psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  4. Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of Psychology and communicate these in written oral format.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in Psychology.
  6. Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in Psychology.
  7. Cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Proposal Research Proposal. The assignment will require students to develop a research question and write a research proposal to address it. The assignment will be released to students on week 5. 50% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Activity Participation in research activity/experiments conducted at Bond University. 5% Week 12 1, 3, 5, 6.
Take-home Examination Final exam. The exam will consist of a mixture of multiple choice questions and short answers. The exam will include the content covered during the entire trimester. The assessment will be released to students on week 12. 45% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This lecture introduces students to research methods in psychology and provides a general overview of the topics that will be covered during the trimester.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The lecture identifies the main features of a researchers' ethical responsibilities and provides a historical overview of the of ethical transgressions and the development of ethical codes.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

This lecture discusses what makes psychological research valid and reliable.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

In this lecture students are taught the basics of experimental design including single factor experiments with two or more levels.

1, 2, 3, 4.

In this lecture students are taught the basics of factorial designs including the identification and interpretation of interactions.

1, 2, 3, 4.

In this lecture students are introduced to quasi-experimental and correlation research. Students are taught how to differentiate between these methodologies and experimental research. They are also provided with several examples regarding the role of experimental designs in ensuring ecological validity in psychological research.

1, 2, 3, 4.

This lecture discusses inferential statistics and the logic behind Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST). Students are also provided with a basic overview of Bayesian statistics.

1, 2, 3, 4.

In this lecture students are taught the principles of good survey construction in psychology.

1, 2, 3, 4.

This lecture teaches student to distinguish between naturalistic and participant observation methods. Students are also taught about the potential problems and benefits that can occur with this type of research.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This lecture introduces students to the fundamentals of qualitative research and the way this methodology has evolved in psychology. Specific attention is given to the credibility of qualitative research and the way it can be used to complement quantitative methods.

1, 2, 3, 4.

In this lecture students are taught about different "advanced" techniques (e.g., fMRI, physiology) that are also used in psychological research.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This final lecture reviews all of the previous topics as preparation for the final assessment.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Approved on: Mar 11, 2022. Edition: 3.3