UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit introduces a range of psychological research techniques and illustrates their strengths and weaknesses through the discussion of psychological research in areas such as cognition, clinical and developmental psychology. Students are instructed in the basic principles of research design and inferential decision making.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand fundamental concepts in measurement such as reliability and validity and their importance to psychological research and practice; (2) develop a basic understanding of experimental research designs in psychology; (3) develop fundamental data analysis skills especially with regard to the exploration and description and interpretation of data collected from correlational or experimental research designs; and (4) develop a basic understanding of the principles regarding the identification of causal relations between independent and dependent variables.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) experimental participation; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Troy Visser
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context or 12 points of mathematics and/or statistics
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC2203/SEM-1/2017
Note Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list. 


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