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PSY2051 - Research design and analysis

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Associate Professor Felicity Allen


Caulfield First semester 2009 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2009 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2009 (Flexible)
South Africa First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit covers at a more advanced level topics in research design and analysis presented in first-year psychology. The topics comprise experimental design and applied methodology. Experimental design and analysis includes hypothesis testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, and post-hoc tests. Applied methodology includes correlation, chi-square, non-parametric tests and observational, archival and single subject designs. The laboratory program complements the lecture series, and provides further training in research techniques, analysis, oral presentations and teamwork. Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. acquired conceptual and practical skills in designing and analysing psychological research;

  1. acquired an understanding of the appropriate application of a variety of statistical tests; and

  1. developed skills in the use of statistical software.


Examination (3 hours, multiple-choice): 70% (60% lecture content
10% lab content)
Two research design and analysis assignments (500 words each): 30%
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and the equivalent of one 2-hour laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


PSY1011 and PSY1022


STA11, GSC1601, COG1112 and SCY2185

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