HPS327 - Research Methods Capstone

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz

Prerequisite:

HPS201 or HPS301

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week and 1 x 2 hour laboratory session per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per week

Content

The purpose of this capstone unit is to consolidate students’ research methods skills developed in Years 1 to 3 of their course. This unit will use key learnings in the areas of understanding the science-practitioner model, literature searching and critical review, study design, measurement, sampling, and data analysis to devise, execute, and write up a research project. Students will choose to investigate one research problem, which they will choose from a series of trimester-long projects. They will be supervised by teaching staff in the conduct of these minor projects. The projects are designed to comply with low risk projects, and will have pre-approval from ethics. Despite being low risk, the projects will still enable students to collect some data through distribution of surveys and/or observational design. Because of the time constraints of a trimester-long unit, data collection will be undertaken in a two week period during the trimester to allow time for data analysis and write up. As a consequence, the project in this unit is considerably smaller, and has more constraints, than the fourth year project students in Honours undertake.

Upon completion of this unit, students will have gained insights into how the theoretical content covered in their undergraduate studies translates into practical research problems, through the design and implementation of a real research project. This, in turn, will make students ready for fourth year study in psychology, in which students are required to conceptualize, design, and carry out their own study independently. And, for those students, who exit at the end of undergraduate studies, they will have developed skills necessary to effectively run a project from conception to write-up.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Research report (3000 words) 60%

Assessment task 2: Group oral presentation (20 minutes) 40%

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