HPS104 - Foundations of Psychological Science


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour online lecture per week
1 x 2 hour on-campus meeting per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2 hour online lecture per week
1 x 2 hour online meeting per week


All activities are optional.

LECTURES will be held live but also recorded and made available to students who cannot attend.

MEETINGS will be available both on-campus and online. They will serve as 'Drop-In' sessions where students can meet staff (and each other!), ask questions, and receive additional support.

Online SEMINARS (also optional and also recorded) will be available for students seeking assessment-related support. They will run fortnightly for 2 hours and will be offered in even-numbered weeks commencing week 2, and repeated in odd-numbered weeks commencing week 3.


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.

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