PSYC5513 Research Methods in Applied Settings

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The primary goal of this unit is to equip students with the research skills that will enable them to undertake high quality research of their own in organisational settings. The skills they learn in the unit are likely to supplement the skills they develop when they undertake their research thesis later in their course, and enable them to tackle research questions as they arise in their future careers. Essentially, the unit is designed to help students to (1) understand the value of research undertaken in organisational settings; (2) develop an understanding of four key organisational research methods; and (3) learn how to present research in organisational settings.
Students are able to (1) be familiar with advanced methodologies and statistical techniques important for designing and evaluating research in applied psychology; (2) gain knowledge about methodological and practical issues important for implementing these techniques and how they might be applied to their own research; and (3) identify the critical relevance of appropriate designs and statistical analysis for evidence-based practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quiz; (2) group assessment; and (3) research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Serena Wee
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580)
the Master of Business Psychology (73550); for students in the Master of Business Psychology (73550): PSYC4418 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 12 x 2.75 hours (attendance at classes is expected)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
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