PSYCHOL 6504OL - Applying Research Methods in Psychology
Online - Online Teaching 6 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6504OL Course Applying Research Methods in Psychology 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 Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology Course Description How do we apply methodological and statistical concepts to real-world problems? This course builds onto the foundation provided by Research Methods, Design and Analysis, exploring research methods for quantitative and qualitative data in more depth. You will think critically about the process of conducting research, apply your knowledge of research methods to a variety of contexts, and further develop your understanding of common analyses.
Course Coordinator: Dr Josiah Krieg
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will. be able to:
1. Evaluate the purpose of research methods used in psychology and how they are applied in practice. 2. Implement the processes required to plan and conduct psychological studies as an individual researcher. 3. Formulate principled arguments for the use of various methods when designing quantitative and qualitative studies. 4. Analyse quantiative data in JASP to answer psychological research questions. 5. Apply practical methodological and statistical skills to address real-world issues 6. Collaborate with other students to design and constructively evaluate psychological research studies
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
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
2,3,4,5 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 ResourcesThis is a fully online offering. Students will require acccess to the internet to access course content and to engage in online tutorials. Students will need to install two free, open-source, cross-platform packages for statistical analysis (JASP and G*Power) on their computer.
Recommended ResourcesDetailed reading lists will be provided within course modules on Myuni; all readings will be accessible online.
Navarro, D.J., Foxcroft, D.R. & Falkenberry, T.J. Learning statistics with JASP: A tutorial for psychology students and other beginners. http://tomfaulkenberry.github.io/JASPbook.html
Online LearningThis is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online activities, online tutorial support, and assignment submission, 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 90 minute tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.
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 SummaryThis course is presented over 6 weeks, with one module per week:
1.Considering Psychological Research
Why is Research Necessary?
The Human Side of Research
Contemporary Issues in Psychological Research
2.Qualitative Research Design and Skills
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Approaches
Preliminary Considerations in Study Design
Appraising Qualitative Research
3.Quantitative Research Design and Skills
Advanced Research Designs
Control Groups and Causal Inference
4.Analysing Grouped Data
Chi-Squared Goodness of Fit Test
Chi-Squared Association Test
5.Regression and Applied Data Analysis
Non-Parametric Tests and Resampling
6.The Future of Psychologiocal Science
Reconsidering Research Findings
Contemporary Research Solutions
Specific Course RequirementsNil
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting (%) Hurdle requirement Learning Outcome 1. Critical Literature Analysis Summative
No 1,2 2. Designing Research
A: Qualitative research
B: Quantitative research
C: Peer evaluation
3. Data Analysis Summative 30 No 2,4,5
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.
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Assessment DetailAssessment # 1 Critical Literature Analysis (Due end week 2, 800 words).
You will use your scientific writing skills to critically evaluate a journal article and series of associated opinion papers. More specifically, you will assess the extent to which the research methods described in the journal article take into account the best-practice recommendations made by both the proponents and critics of mandatory reproducible science practices.
Assessment #2 Designing Research (Part A (presentation) and Part B (750 words) due end week 4; Part C (500 words) due end week 6).
Part A: Qualitative research group task. You will collaborate with other students to present a group voice-over-Powerpoint presentation. In this task, you will propose a qualitative research study to answer a particular psychological question. This will include consideration of the ethical and pre-study considerations involved with your study.
Part B: Quantitative research proposal. You will propose an individual quantitative research study to answer a research question in the context of adolescent mental health.
Part C: Peer evaluation. You will provide an individual written peer assessment of the presentations from Part A. This task involves reflecting on all four other presentations and providing constructive feedback on the research designs from the four other groups.
Assessment #3: Data Analysis (Due end week 6)
You will conduct and report a series of statistical analyses to answer a range of research questions. You will also synthesise the information from these analyses to summarise and draw conclusions. Your analyses will be guided by the short-answer questions provided.
SubmissionOnline submission via Turnitin
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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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