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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 and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and (STA2300 or STA1003). For students enrolled in Program BSSC with a major in BES: PSY1010 and STA3100


The discipline of Psychology is based on a solid foundation of scientific research. Researchers use a variety of conceptual, logical, computational and statistical tools to reduce uncertainty in the state of psychological knowledge. This course introduces some of those tools. These same intellectual tools form a firm foundation for the scientist-practitioner model of psychological practice.

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 experimental and observational research designs, including participation in computer-assisted laboratory data collection. 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. Real data 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 Health, Engineering and Sciences requirements.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023