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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Powell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7710

Course Coordinator Email: chris.powell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.010


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This third-year course aims to develop your research skills by analysing and reporting data from an empirical research project. Students will choose between two pathways in this course. The course-directed pathway will supply students with pre-existing datasets to analyse along with lectures that cover the theoretical backgrounds of the relevant constructs. It is expected that most students will follow this pathway. The self-directed pathway will permit students to find and analyse pre-existing datasets that include variables of interest to them. However, this pathway will place some restrictions on topics of investigation and—importantly—students will not be able to collect new data but must analyse pre-existing datasets that are available in the public domain. This pathway will require the topic and dataset to be approved by the course coordinator. From the perspective of assessment, these two pathways will be treated as equivalents, and either pathway will culminate with you submitting a research report in the style of a journal article.

The elements of the research process that you will be exposed to include: considering ethical issues in research, reviewing critically and synthesising relevant literature, developing research questions and hypotheses, selecting suitable data and participants to address research questions, identifying practical and theoretical issues for research, applying suitable statistical analyses and interpreting these accurately, discussing the significance and limitations of research findings, and reporting research findings using conventions appropriate to the discipline in clearly-written academic English.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 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 successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify important ethical considerations when conducting research.
  2. Review, critically evaluate, and synthesise past research and theory in a specific area of psychology.
  3. Develop a research question and formulate a hypothesis.
  4. Identify data and participants that are suitable to address specific research questions.
  5. Identify practical and theoretical research issues including: research design, threats to reliability and validity, sample characteristics, and quality of data measurement.
  6. Analyse data using appropriate statistical analyses and interpret statistical output correctly.
  7. Discuss obtained findings in the context of previous studies and highlight the limitations, implications, and applications of these findings.
  8. Prepare an empirical research report using APA style and clear academic English.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will focus on weekly lectures, and will include both teacher guided hours and learner directed hours. Regardless of the pathway chosen, this course will require students to undertake a substantial degree of independent study with the provision of staff consultation time (scheduled but not compulsory).

The assessment for this course will involve a formative element in developing a research proposal, and a summative element in completing an empirical research report.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The major learning resources for this course will be lectures, along with texts and notes associated with your previous research and statistics courses, especially those that focus on research design, measurement, statistical analysis, critical thinking, and APA style.

A Library Subject Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/psychology.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Research Proposal (1,500 words)

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Research Report (2,500 words)

Weighting 65%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8