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PY2103 - Describing and Analysing Behaviour

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to concepts of research methodology and design as they apply to experimental psychology research. Students will learn about the scientific method and issues such as probability, causality and sampling. They will also acquire skills in designing experimental studies by learning to formulate research hypotheses and the operationalisation of concepts into variables. Problems that can arise with research, such as threats to validity and reliability, will also be presented. In addition, students will acquire skills in inferential statistics, including hand and computer calculation of parametric and nonparametric statistical tests. A major component of the subject will be the acquisition of skills in using the statistical package SPSS, as well as presenting research findings in APA format. It is intended that by the completion of this subject students can integrate the methodological understanding and the analytical and computer skills acquired in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire practical experience in conducting, analysing, interpreting and presenting research;
  • acquire skills in calculating relevant inferential statistical tests by hand and using the SPSS computer package;
  • understand the scientific method and how it is applied to experimental research in psychology;
  • understand the steps to constructing an experiment and issues that can weaken the design of an experiment.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
SS2011 SS2022

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Anne Swinbourne.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
    Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); in class data analysis (20%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 28-Mar-2019
    Coordinator: Dr Anne Swinbourne
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 24 hours tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); in class data analysis (20%).

      JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
      Census Date 08-Aug-2019
      Contact hours:
      • 26 hours lectures
      • 24 hours tutorials
        Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); in class data analysis (20%).

        JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
        Census Date 11-Apr-2019
        Contact hours:
        • 26 hours lectures
        • 24 hours tutorials
          Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); in class data analysis (20%).
          Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

          JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
          Census Date 05-Dec-2019
          Contact hours:
          • 26 hours lectures
          • 24 hours tutorials
            Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); in class data analysis (20%).

            Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.