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DPSY5103 - Research methods in professional psychology

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Simon Moss


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit will equip students with the necessary skills to undertake research. Nonetheless, the primary motivation for this course concerns future employment. Research design and analysis are critical components of both academic and professional psychology.


On completion of this unit students should be familiar with major univariate and multivariate experimental and quasi-experimental designs appropriate to both basic and applied research, associated methods of data analysis, including issues of assumptions, power of statistical tests, and psychological and statistical significance. Students should be familiar with the use of SPSS.


Students will be evaluated as either successful or unsuccessful. The assessment will comprise two components: 1. a weekly statistics journal; and 2. a multiple-choice examination. Students will need to attain a grade of 70% or more on each component. Students who do not attain this grade will be asked to complete additional work to compensate.

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