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HPS301 - Research Methods in Psychology B

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Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 (B, G, W, X) Trimester 2 (X), Trimester 3 (X)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

L Xantidis (G) Email:

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Contact hours:

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lab class) per week

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This unit provides an advanced treatment of several important techniques required for the conduct of independent research. Topics include experimental design and the analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical procedure including planned contrasts, simple effects, interpretation of higher order factorial designs; repeated measures and mixed-mode ANOVA; non-experimental designs, scale construction and surveys; sampling; data screening; and multiple regression.

Students will be given experience in the design and conduct of psychological research, analysis of data using a computer-based statistical package, and writing research reports using APA format.


Examination (2 hours) 50%, weekly quizzes (5 multi-choice questions per week) 10%, assignment (2000 words) 40%

Prescribed texts

Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (3rd edition). Sage Publications.

Gravetter, F., & Foranzo, L. (2012). Research methods for the behavioural sciences (4th edition). Wadsworth: Belmont, CA.

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