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PY2103 - Describing and Analysing Behaviour

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social 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

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Anne Swinbourne
Lecturer: Dr Carolyn Timms.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (35%); assignments (15%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Anne Swinbourne
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (35%); assignments (15%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 09-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Anne Swinbourne
Lecturer: Dr Denise Dillon.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (35%); assignments (15%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 15-Nov-2012
Coordinator: Dr Anne Swinbourne
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (35%); assignments (15%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Anne Swinbourne.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (35%); assignments (15%).

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