HPS104 - Foundations of Psychological Science

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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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