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HPS781 - Research Methods in Psychology B

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Shannon Hyder

Trimester 2: Shannon Hyder

Trimester 3: Melissa Weinberg

Email: HPS781@deakin.edu.au



Incompatible with: HPS301
Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 2 hour lab class per week

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Assessment task 2: Weekly quizzes (5 multi-choice questions per week) 10%

Assessment task 3: Assignment (2000 words) 40%

Prescribed texts

Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (4th edition). Sage Publications

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

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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