PSYCHOL 6501OL - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Online - Online Teaching 6 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6501OL Course Research Methods, Design and Analysis Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Online Teaching 6 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Psychology(OL) students only Course Description How do we make well-founded discoveries about the mind and behaviour? This course will uncover key techniques and tools used to do research in psychology. Students will develop the skills needed both to critically evaluate and to conduct research into why people think and act the way they do.
Course Coordinator: Deanne GreenEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Apply key principles of research design and methodology in psychology.
2. Synthesise quantitative evidence to address psychological research questions and hypotheses.
3. Explain the core theoretical concepts that underlie common quantitative and qualitative data-analysis techniques
in psychological research.
4. Use statistical software to explore and analyse basic types of quantitative data.
5. Explain basic methods of conducting qualitative research in psychology.
6. Communicate research findings in a style that is suitable for technical reports
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)
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
3,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,3 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 ResourcesThis is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and to engage in online tutorials. Students will need to install a free, open-source, cross-platform package for statistical analysis (JASP) on their computer.(https://jasp-stats.org/). Required readings will be available through MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesPasser,M.W & Smith, R.E. (2019). Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour. 3rd Ed. McGraw-Hill, Sydney.
Navarro,D.J., Foxcroft, D.R & Faulkenberry.T.J Learning Statistics with JASP: A Tutorial for Psychology Students and Other Beginners. https://tomfaulkenberry.github.io/JASPbook/index.html
Online LearningThis is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEngagement with course content is facilitated by online lectures, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge in research methods as well as the academic literacy and numeracy skills that are prerequisites for the 8 advanced level courses in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24-25 hours per week engaging with the online content, in private study, attending online tutorials and completing the assignments for this course.
Hours per Week:
1.5 Hours - Tutorial
1 Hour - Tutorial Preparation
9 Hours - Assessment related tasks
10 Hours - Engaging with online content including video presentations, podcasts, directed research activities, discussions, interactive tasks
3 Hours - Readings
Learning Activities SummaryThe modules covered in this 6-week accelerated course are:
1. Quantitative research design and methods
- Why are quantitative research methods important?
- Operationalisation and measurement
- Reliability and validity
- Research designs
- Introduction to JASP
- Measures of central tendency and variability
- Histograms and boxplots
- Scatterplots and correlation
- Probability and statistics
- Samples and populations
- Estimation and confidence intervals
- Null hypothesis significance testing
- Choosing the right statistical test
- Standard scores and the one-sample t-test
- Independent samples t-test
- Paired samples t-test
- Checking t-test assumptions
- Decision tree of tests
- Independent one-way ANOVA
- Multiple comparisons and post-hoc tests
- Assumptions of one-way ANOVA
- Repeated measures one-way ANOVA
- Quantitative versus qualitative research
- Beginning your qualitative analysis: coding
- Introduction to qualitative analysis: thematic analysis and content analysis
Specific Course RequirementsNil
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Weekly Quizzes Formative and Summative
Sunday Weeks 1, 2, 4 & 5
7.5% each, total 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Assessment 2: Problem set 1 Summative Sunday Week 3 30% 1,2,4,6 Assessment 3: Problem set 2 Summative Sunday week 6 40% 3,4,5,6
Assessment Related RequirementsSubmission via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.
Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: 4 X Weekly MCQ (7.5% each - total 30%)
15 questions for each weekly assessment task plus non-graded formative MCQs to check understanding of content each week. Weekly completion of the summative MCQs is required.
Assessment 2: Problem Set 1 - research design and descriptive statistics (30%)
Assessment 2 consists of part A (Research Proposal) and part B (Cognitive Function Data Analysis). The Problem Set consists of a set of short-answer questions that direct you to design an experiment, then generate and interpret descriptive statistics, plots, and correlations for a dataset that will be provided to you. You will use JASP to do the analysis. Due end of week 3
Assessment 3: Problem Set 2 – inferential statistics and qualitative data analysis (40%)
Assessment 3 consists of part A (Misinformation Data Analysis), part B (Therapies Data Analysis), and part C (Qualitative Analysis).This Problem Set consists of a set of short-answer questions that direct you to generate, interpret and report t-tests, ANOVAs and confidence intervals for a dataset that will be provided. You will use JASP to do the analysis. Part C of the assessment requires you to conduct and report a qualitative analysis (750 words +/- 10%) from text extracts that will be made available to you. Due end of week 6.
SubmissionFully online course - e-submission and marking
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