PS511.306 Introduction to Psychology



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit builds on students’ research design and analysis knowledge from Introduction to Psychology. However, this unit is dedicated to deepening, broadening and applying their knowledge. The unit begins with the scientific method, research process and research ethics. Students are then introduced to options for non-experimental, quasi-experimental and experimental research designs. The design and analysis of rigorous experiments is then discussed in detail. Initial topics include: randomisation, control, sample size, scale of measurement and statistical power. Students then explore raw data, outliers and descriptive statistics. Students will then be introduced to the conceptual basis of null hypothesis significance testing before learning to work with a variety of common parametric and non-parametric tools including: z, t, ANOVA, post-hoc, planned comparisons, Chi square, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Simple measures of effect size will also be demonstrated. Regression and correlation will also be discussed. In conclusion, students will be introduced to common multivariate analysis options.

Teaching Strategies

Unit offerings

Face to face: (Every Year, Semester 2)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.