Course Title: Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1220

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1466

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1466

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Amy Reichelt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7610

Course Coordinator Email: amy.reichelt@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014B


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

BESC1177/BESC1178/BESC1175/BESC1176 Cognitive Psychology (Course ID 010916)

BESC1189/BESC1190/BESC1187/BESC1375 Biological Psychology (Course ID 010921)

BESC1449/BESC1450/BESC1451/BESC1452 Research Methods in Psychology (Course ID 039972)

BESC1183/BESC1185/BESC1185/BESC1372/BESC1186 Social Psychology (Course ID 010920)

BESC1179/BESC1181/BESC1182/BESC1374 Developmental Psychology (Course ID 010917)

 

 


Course Description

This third year research course in BP154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) will expose you to all aspects of the research process from the initial conception of a research question to writing and submitting an empirical research report. Once enrolled in this course you will be expected to complete a time-limited empirical research project. This project will provide you with exposure to all aspects of research including: literature review and formulation of research hypotheses; planning, developing and establishing an appropriate research design; the conceptualisation, operationalisation and measurement of both independent and dependent variables; developing a rationale for and selection of appropriate research participants; and, the conceptualisation, development, organisation and implementation of adequate research procedures. You will be expected to complete the appropriate descriptive and inferential statistics and make adequate links with the research hypotheses and previously published research.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.
  • PLO 6: develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Review and critically evaluate past research and theory in a specific area of psychology
  2. Develop a related research question and formulate a hypothesis
  3. Identify important theoretical, practical and ethical  considerations when conducting research
  4. Synthesize and evaluate literature specific to your research question and demonstrate appropriate communication skills when presenting your proposal.
  5. Collect and analyse data taking into account fundamental research concepts including research design, threats to validity, issues of reliability, sampling, quality of data measurement and implications for descriptive and inferential statistics
  6. Prepare  an empirical research laboratory report which uses APA structure and formatting conventions


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will be guided by the focus you have elected to undertake in this course. You will have the opportunity to work with academic staff on staff appointed research projects and will be expected to undertake independent study with the provision of scheduled but not compulsory staff consultation time.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements including the development of a research proposal and the completion of an empirical research report displaying the findings of the research undertaken.

Includes some lectures, teacher-guided hours and learner directed work.

 

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

The major learning resources for this course will be previous texts and notes associated with your previous research and statistics courses. Relevant texts include those that focus on research design, measurement, statistical analysis and [APA] style manuals.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Research ethics Assessment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs3

Assessment Task 2: Research Proposal - 1500 words

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Research Report - (2500 words)

Weighting 60%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4, 5 & 6