HPS104 - Foundations of Psychological Science
|Year:||2018 unit information|
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Trimester 1: Alexander Mussap
Burwood and Waurn Ponds: Weekly 1 x 2 hour class; online interactive modules; 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight.
Warrnambool: Weekly 1 x 2 hour recorded class; online interactive modules; 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per fortnight; weekly consultation via the Psychology Hub at Warrnambool.
Cloud (online): Weekly 1 x 2 hour recorded class; online interactive modules; 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per fortnight.
This unit introduces students to the empirical foundations of psychology. The central question addressed is: 'What does it mean to be an evidence-based practitioner of psychology?'. Topics include: the nature of evidence in psychology; the relationship between psychological research and practice; experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental quantitative research designs; qualitative research; threats to the reliability and validity of research; statistics and the interpretation of results; ethical research and ethical practice in psychology.
Assessment task 1: Experimental Research Designs (500 words) 10%
Assessment task 2: Observational Research Designs (500 words) 10%
Assessment task 3: Design Implementation (750 words) (20%)
Assessment task 4: Plain Language Statement (500 words) 10%
Assessment task 5: Examination (2 hours) 50%
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