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EDF4604

Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Full year 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise McLean

Synopsis

This unit covers all aspects of the conduct of research. Students undertake a study program in statistics and research design and under the guidance of a staff member plan an independent research project. This project involves designing research in relation to previous work on the topic of the study, gaining ethical approval for data collection or use of data, data gathering, data entry and analysis using appropriate statistical techniques or methodologies and the preparation of a research report and a literature review according to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. appreciate the role of scientific research in the field of psychology
  2. describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists
  3. describe the strategies and processes involved in program evaluation
  4. understand how to evaluate the validity of research conclusions
  5. collect, analyse and interpret data related to their independent research project
  6. correctly apply the appropriate statistical methods for designs commonly encountered in psychological research
  7. identify ethical issues that can arise in research in psychology and how these are to be addressed
  8. use an appropriate statistical package for analysing research data, such as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
  9. produce an assessable research project in a format consistent with the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  10. produce a literature review to an acceptable standard on the topic of their search.

Assessment

Research proposal - oral presentation (hurdle requirement)
Examination (2 hour short answer and multiple choice) and two short answer assignments on all topics covered in the statistics and research design program (4000 words equivalent, 15%)
and
Research project, written in APA format and presented as a report for assessment (report should include a substantial literature review and may take the final form of a traditional thesis, 9000-12000 words, 85%)
or
Literature review (4000-5000 words, 25%) accompanied by a report of the research presented in the format of a peer-reviewed scientific journal article (5000-7000 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hour lecture per week
  • fortnightly tutorials in first semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week
  • each student also plans, carries out and writes up an individual research project under the supervision of a staff member. In conjunction with this, students undertake an extensive literature review in the area of their research. The research is conducted over two semesters.

Prohibitions

PSY4518