Research Methods and Statistics 3

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Research Methods and Statistics 3

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Psychology, Research Methodology, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PREREQUISITES: 1003PSY Research Methods and Statistics 1 AND 1001PSY Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology AND 1002PSY Introductory Individual and Social Psychology.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course aims to facilitate the conceptual, analytic and problem-solving skills relevant to correlational research in the social sciences, as well as generic competencies in critical analysis, communication and data interpretation. The course complements other research methods and statistics courses. Material covered includes practical concerns in conducting this type of research such as selecting a sample, constructing instruments, and ensuring validity. As well, students gain an introduction to issues in the analysis and interpretation of correlational research findings. Topics include: survey and correlational research designs; sampling; regression analysis; and categorical data analysis. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in this course. It is the students' responsibility to ensure these requirements have been fulfilled.
    Course Introduction
    Research design and analysis skills are highly valued in the workplace. You will find these skills in the key selection criteria of jobs relevant to your degree. Indeed, the skill of critically evaluating and analysing an argument is important in all professions, and many professions involve producing research in addition to consuming it. In particular, Psychology is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model. Therefore, the ability to undertake research and be critical consumers of the scientific literature in order to guide practice is essential in Psychology. The knowledge and skills that you will gain in this course, along with those gained in earlier research methods and statistics courses in the program, are a selling point for you as a future professional do not neglect them! They will increase your future employability. In addition, they provide an important foundation for those students who proceed to fourth year and beyond in Psychology in designing and conducting your own research.
    There are many different methods available to study human behaviour and psychologists and allied professionals need skills in understanding and using a broad range of these methods. This course covers non-experimental research design and analysis. This is widely used in the social sciences and broader fields including marketing and business. This course will equip students with conceptual as well as practical skills in critically evaluating, designing, analysing, and reporting valid non-experimental research, with a particular emphasis on survey-based research. When human behaviour is studied, there is always much variability amongst the participants. The course will further develop data analysis skills using the statistical package SPSS. This software is widely used to analyse data in many applied areas of practice. Therefore, this is an important skill for your future professional lives and employability.
    Course Aims
    This is the final research methods and statistics course in the 3-year undergraduate psychology programs and rounds out graduates? skills in this area. It complements the other research methods and statistics courses in the psychology program that focus on experimental research. The aim is to facilitate competence in the conceptual, analytic, and problem-solving skills relevant to non-experimental research, as well as generic competencies in critical analysis, communication, and data interpretation. The aim is to produce graduates who are critical consumers of the scientific literature and who have applied skills in non-experimental research design and analysis. Students who have participated successfully in this course will demonstrate conceptual understanding of and practical skills in designing and analysing surveys, interviews, correlational designs, and other non-experimental studies. They will be able to write a report of this research in accordance with the current standards required by the American Psychological Association (APA). The knowledge and skills gained will meet the requirements for the research methods, written communication, and critical thinking skill graduate attributes set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of conceptual and methodological issues related to non-experimental research in the social sciences
    2 Design and conduct methodologically valid non-experimental research to answer specific real-world research questions
    3 Interpret and use published research to build a rationale for your research questions
    4 Competently analyse and interpret non-experimental data using SPSS
    5 Demonstrate written communication skills in reporting research according to the current standards used in the profession of psychology (APA 6th edition)

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Midsemester exam


    Assignment - Practice-based Assignment
    Administer survey and enter data


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Survey-based research report


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.