PSYCHOL 3020 - Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
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 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Professor Martha AugoustinosAdditional Academic Staff:
Ms Elise Devlin: Ph=+61 8 83137779 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Chistopher Keech: Ph +61 83137779 Email - email@example.com
Professor Deborah Turnbull: Ph=+61 83131229; Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Psychology Office: Ph= +61 8313 5693; Email - email@example.com
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt 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)
2,4 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
1,3,5 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
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,4 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
Required ResourcesLecturers will provide further information on required readings and access to resources during lectures.
Recommended ResourcesField, A. (2012). Discovering Statistics Using R. Sage.
Navarro, D. (2013). Learning Statistics with R. Lulu.com.
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 http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. 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 LearningRecorded 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: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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
Week 11 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods Week 12 Qualitative Methods Qualitative Methods
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThere are two SGDEs associated with this course: one on using quantitative statistics in psycholgical research and one on the use of qualitative research methods.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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 DetailThe 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.
SubmissionPlease 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.
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
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