Course Title: Research Methods in Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods in Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1449

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

BESC1449

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1450

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

BESC1451

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

BESC1452

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

BESC1480

Bundoora Campus

Research

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Russell Conduit

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6658

Course Coordinator Email: russell.conduit@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.07


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1123, BESC 1380, BESC 1122; BESC 1121 Principles of Psychology.
  • BESC 1126, BESC 1381, BESC 1125; BESC 1124 Foundations of Psychology.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course will present you with an introduction to the major methodological principles and data analysis techniques used in applied human research. During the course you will cover principles of research methods, including research design, the scientific process and measurement techniques. Further data analysis techniques will be covered in the context of the use of the SPSS data analysis package.


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 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Review a range of research designs and techniques that are used in applied human research.
  2. Critically appraise published research.
  3. Explain and apply a range of data analysis techniques using SPSS


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will consist of flexibly delivered lecture material and face-to-face tutorial classes run mostly in a computer laboratory. Considerable online support will be provided via the course’s Black Board site accessible through myRMIT. Tutorial classes will be based around an online community simulation called ’The Island’.  Students will interact with ’The Island’, and use its populace to collect data, which will be analysed using SPSS.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and will comprise on line weekly tests, a research methods assignment and an exam. These assessments may also include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Teacher Guided Hours: 52 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 68  per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from primarily primary but also secondary sources. Selected material may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task:  10 x Online Weekly Tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1

Assessment Task 2:  Research Methods Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 1