2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.
Last updated: 5 October 2020
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)Trimester 2: Cloud (online)Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
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.
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.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this UnitAt the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Explain psychological phenomena: Describe the empirical and logical bases of psychological science.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO6: Self-management
Test the validity of psychological explanations: Formulate a research question and select an appropriate research design.
Conduct research into psychological phenomena: Implement a research design in a manner that is valid, ethical and feasible.
Understand the results of psychological research: Describe and interpret the results of an empirical investigation into a psychological phenomenon.
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HPS104 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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