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PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Advanced Research Approaches
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Erich Fein

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Rationale

Students undertaking fourth year study in Psychology need to be able to evaluate a variety of research designs in published research. Studies published in Psychology use a range of research methodologies including multivariate analysis and/or qualitative research approaches. This course encourages students to develop both a practical and theoretical understanding of these analysis techniques, which will allow them to evaluate existing research and apply these insights to their own research. This course also forms a major foundation for student research at Masters and PhD level, and for the data analytic aspects of professional elective courses.

Synopsis

Students have the option of one of the following four streams:

Stream 1 is focused on Multivariate Analysis, while Stream 2 is a combination of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (with a focus DP/CA: Discursive Psychology/Conversational Analysis). Stream 3 also combines Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (with a focus on IPA: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Thematic Analysis). Stream 4 is an advanced Qualitative stream with a focus on Structured Literature Review (SLR) methods.

Full details about the streams will be available in the Honours program guide which will assist students to determine which stream is appropriate.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify appropriate analytical techniques to address various kinds of research questions;
  2. use appropriate methods to explore, visualise and evaluate typical research data and draw appropriate conclusions from the findings;
  3. demonstrate competence in the reporting of findings.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Effect sizes/CI and p values/Power 25.00
2. Exploratory Factor Analysis 25.00
3. Multiple Regression Methods or Qualitative Research Methods 25.00
4. ANOVA Methods or Qualitative Research Methods 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=PSY4111)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

STREAM 1 - MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS:

Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Latest SPSS Graduate Pack (recommended, but earlier version are accepted) or Base Pack (previously known as Student Version). (Students should discuss with supervisor of Honours Project before purchase).
STREAM 2 - QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE METHODS (DP/CA):

There is no prescribed text for this stream. Students will be informed of the required readings.

Optional Text (only Chapter 2 and Chapter 17 are relevant) and Software.

Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Latest SPSS Graduate Pack (recommended, but earlier version are accepted) or Base Pack (previously known as Student Version).
STREAM 3 - QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE METHODS (IPA):

Smith, J. A., Flowers, P. & Larkin, M. (2009). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research. London: Sage.

Optional Text (only Chapter 2 and Chapter 17 are relevant) and Software.

Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Latest SPSS Graduate Pack (recommended, but earlier version are accepted) or Base Pack (previously known as Student Version).
STREAM 4 – STRUCTURED LITERATURE REVIEW METHODS (SLR): There is no prescribed text for this stream.

Students will be informed of the required readings which are based largely on the SLR formats developed by the Campbell Collaboration and Cochrane Reviews.

Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Latest SPSS Graduate Pack (recommended, but earlier version are accepted) or Base Pack (previously known as Student Version).

The latest version of Microsoft Excel will be used to organize SLR queries.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Tabachnick, BG & Fidell, LS 2013, Using Multvariate Statistics (Pearson New International Edition), 6th edn, Pearson, USA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Private Study 88.00
Residential Schools 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 60 30 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 100 40 26 Feb 2019
Quiz 40 30 26 Feb 2019
Res School Attend and Partic 1 0 26 Feb 2019

Notes
  1. Examiner will notify dates of assignments during semester. The dates listed in this table are dates to serve as place holders in the USQ electronic system, and will be updated and replaced with actual due dates (on the Study Desk) at the first workshop.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at the two, two-day residential schools is mandatory. The residential schools will be held at the Ipswich campus. It is mandatory that students attend the workshops scheduled for them and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, laboratories and practical work), and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the workshop attendance and participation satisfactorily students must achieve 100% for the item. To complete each of the remaining assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the total marks available for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve 100% of the marks available for the workshop attendance and participation and at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/default.htm

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to email (umail) and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Attendance at the two, two-day intensive workshops associated with this course is mandatory. Workshops will be held at the Ipswich campus.