PSYCHOL 3020 - Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The aim of this course is to extend knowledge of the statistical and conceptual bases of psychological research based on content introduced at Level II. It covers intermediate-level quantitative statistical methods, statistical inference, research methods, and qualitative methodologies in psychological research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 3020
    Course Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007
    Assessment Practical report, written assignments, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Martha Augoustinos

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Ms Elise Devlin: Ph=+61 8 83137779  Email -
    Mr Chistopher Keech: Ph +61 83137779 Email -
    Professor Deborah Turnbull: Ph=+61 83131229; Email -

    School of Psychology Office: Ph= +61 8313 5693; Email -

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able:

    1.    To evaluate critically the importance of research design in psychology.
    2.    To apply knowledge and methods of contemporary psychology to the management and solution of human problems.
    3.    To evaluate critically the importance of qualitative approaches in psychological research.
    4.    To understand and apply the principles of the statistical methods introduced in the course to the field of psychology.
    5.    To evaluate critically the cultural and ethical issues that may impact on the way that the knowledge acquired in psychology is interpreted and used.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecturers will provide further information on required readings and access to resources during lectures.

    Recommended Resources
    Field, A. (2012). Discovering Statistics Using R. Sage.
    Navarro, D. (2013). Learning Statistics with R.

    Barr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.    

    Lecturers will provide additional information regarding recommended resources during classes.
    Online Learning
    Recorded lectures and other material will be made available on MyUni.

    This course may also use MyUni for one or more of the following:
    •    Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    •    Submission of summative assessment
    •    Access to lecture recordings
    •    Access to tutorial materials
    •    Additional readings
    •    Self-directed learning activities
    •    Exam preparation materials

    Link to MyUni:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course consists of 24 1-hour lectures complemented by 4 problem-solving tutorials and two SGDEs: one on using quantitative
    statistics in psycholgical research and one on the use of qualitative research methods.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lecture attendance: 2 hours/week = 24 hours
    Tutorial attendance: 4 hours/semester = 4 hours
    Assignment preparation: 5.25 hours /week = 63 hours
    Additional reading, study, exam preparation: 5 hours/week = 60 hours
    Small Group Discovery Class: 2 hours/semester = 2 hours
    End of semester exam = 2 hours

    Total: 155 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Topic Lecture
    Week  1 Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 2 Qunatitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 3 Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 4 Quantitative Methods Quantatitive Methods
    Week 5 Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 6 Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 7 Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
    Week 8 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods
    Week 9 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods
    Week 10
    Qualitative Methods

    Qualitative Methods
    Week 11 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods
    Week 12 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    There are two SGDEs associated with this course: one on using quantitative statistics in psycholgical research and one on the use of qualitative research methods.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Assignment 1 Summative 10% 1-3
    Practical Assignment Summative 25% 1-3
    Assignment 2 Summative 10% 1-3
    Assignment 3 Summative 15% 1-3
    Examination Summative 40% 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    The examination is 2 hours and will consist of  multiple-choice questions,  short-answer questions, and 1 essay question. The relative weighting of each component is 20% for the MCQ and short answer questions and 20% for the essay on qualitative methods.
    Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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