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PY3101 - Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject covers research designs that are non-experimental or quasi-experimental in nature. These include methods that are often more appropriate for research in field settings where experiments are neither practical nor sensible. The different types of validity and the benefits and limitations of weighing one type of validity against another will be considered. In addition, some of the most popular and powerful multivariate statistical techniques will also be introduced in lectures and practicals. The statistical material will cover multiple and logistic regression, factor analysis, discriminant analysis and multi dimensional scaling analysis. The emphasis will be on the conceptual understanding and use of these techniques rather than mathematical arguments and proofs. Practicals will focus on everyday applications of the knowledge you gain from your study of research design.

Learning Outcomes

  • To view research in applied settings in a practical and logical manner;
  • To apply the methods of scientific research to answer questions and solve problems in field settings;
  • To recognise the strengths and limitations of these methodologies;
  • To interpret and critically evaluate the results of applied research;
  • To focus on the conceptual understanding of the statistical techniques presented and their application to different research settings;
  • Produce a research proposal paying particular attention to the design and analysis components of the proposed study.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 and 2 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: (PY1101 OR PY1102) AND PY2103 AND PY2107
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY3081 AND PY3082

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 22-Mar-2018
Coordinator: Dr Craig Thorley
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); practical work (40%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 22-Mar-2018
    Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Nerina Caltabiano.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 24 hours tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); practical work (40%).

      JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
      Census Date 05-Apr-2018
      Lecturer: Dr Bridget McConnell.
      Contact hours:
      • 26 hours lectures
      • 24 hours practicals
        Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); practical work (40%).
        Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

        JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
        Census Date 29-Nov-2018
        Contact hours:
        • 26 hours lectures
        • 24 hours practicals
          Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); practical work (40%).

          JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
          Census Date 02-Aug-2018
          Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Nerina Caltabiano
          Lecturer: Dr Bridget McConnell.
          Contact hours:
          • 26 hours lectures
          • 24 hours practicals
            Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); practical work (40%).
            Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

            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.