PSYCHOL 3020 - Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
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 At least 6 units of Level II Psychology which must include PSYCHOL 2004 Course Description The aim of this capstone 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 applying psychological research to real-world problems.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rachel Searston
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 to:
1. Evaluate critically the importance of scientific and statistical reasoning in psychology
2. Apply methodological and statistical principles to assess the credibility of various claims about human psychology
3. Formulate principled arguments for using various methods and statistics in psychological research
4. Understand and apply the methodological and statistical concepts to various real-world problems
5. Evaluate critically the ethical issues that may impact on decision-making in psychological research
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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,4,5 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 ResourcesAbelson, R. P. (1995). Statistics as Principled Argument. First Edition. Taylor & Francis Group [Available online via the University Library]
Recommended ResourcesSwirl: Learn R, in R. Install and start package in RStudio: 1) > install.packages(“swirl”) 2) >library(“swirl”)
Stanovich, K. E. (2013). How to Think Straight about Psychology. Tenth Edition. Pearson Education.
Crump, M. J. C., Price, P., et al. (2017). Research Methods for Psychology.
Crump, M. J. C. (2018). Programming for Psychologists: Data Creation and Analysis.
Online LearningVideo Lectures and Online Tutorials will be made available on MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
MyUni may also be used for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of assessment
• Access to lecture recordings
• Access to tutorial materials
• Additional readings
• Self-directed learning activities
• Assessment preparation materials
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of weekly online lectures and face-to-face class activities, two SGDEs, and four tutorials.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.â£ Video Lectures: 1 hour/week = 12 hours
â£ Classes: 1 hour/week = 12 hours
â£ Small Group Discovery Experiences: 2/1 hour workshops = 2 hours
â£ Tutorials: 4/1 hour tutorials = 4 hours
â£ Readings and Discussion Forum: 4 hours/week = 44 hours
â£ Class Preparation and Self-Directed Study: 3.5 hours/week = 42 hours
â£ Oral and Written Assignment Preparation: 4 hours/week = 40 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Week 1 Course introduction Week 2 Making claims with data Week 3 Formulating an argument with data Week 4 Estimating the magnitude of effects Week 5 Interpreting data Week 6 Inspecting data Week 7 Articulation of data Week 8 Evaluating the generality of effects Week 9 Dealing with natural data Week 10 Evaluating interestingness Week 11 Evaluating credibility Week 12 Course summary
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThere are two Small Group Discovery Experiences as a part of the course.
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- 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 Weekly Quizzes Formative 40% 1-5 Position Paper Summative 45% 1-5 Group Presentation Summative 15% 1-5
Assessment DetailThe quizzes are worth 5% each and the top eight (out of 10) scores will count towards the final grade, for a total of 40%.
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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