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PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Psych
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2022

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research)

Overview

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 qualitative research approaches and in common practise there are both qualitative and quantitative (i.e., mixed methods) used simultaneously. 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.

There are two major sections of instruction within the course. In the first section of instruction students are taught about both quantitative and qualitative research design methods. At the conclusion of this section the students will develop a mixed methods research proposal using both quantitative and qualitative aspects of design.

In the second section of instruction students are taught about quantitative and qualitative analyses methods. Basic types of analyses and stages within analyses are covered for both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including knowledge about psychometric principles such as norms, reliability, validity, and test construction. At the conclusion of this section the students will choose from several options of data analyses (they will be given data and instruments from hypothetical research protocols), and will conduct an assignment for both quantitative and qualitative analyses.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 20 May 2022