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PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology, Counselling and Community


Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and STA2300. For students enrolled in Program BSSC with a major in BES: PSY1010 and STA3100

Other requisites

Recommended pre-requisite: PSY1020

Students enrolled in the GDPS or intending to transfer into the GDPS will be allowed to enrol in PSY2100 without STA2300 on the understanding that they will need to undertake additional study to ensure that they have the required skills and knowledge that this course assumes.


This course introduces the methods and statistics used to develop knowledge in the field of psychology. Topics covered include: operationalising theoretical constructs, internal and external validity, sampling and assignment, and an introduction to survey and experimental methods. Data analysis techniques include measures of central tendency, chi-square tests, t-tests, correlation and regression as they pertain to psychological research. The concepts of statistical inference, decision making, and potential sources of error are also covered. The computer statistical package, SPSS, is used to develop practical analysis skills and enhance conceptual understanding. Reliable access to a suitable computer and internet access is required as per Faculty of Sciences requirements.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2014 External
Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba