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PSYC13015 Research Methods 3
Research Methods 3
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General Information


This unit is designed to equip you with the analytic skills necessary to carry out advanced applied research. You will develop a toolbox of practical skills that will allow you to undertake qualitative and quantitative research as part of your undergraduate and/or professional career/s in psychology, research, business, government, community development, education, and beyond. The unit builds on earlier research methods units in psychology (PSYC11012 and PSYC12048). You will be introduced to advanced statistical techniques, as well as how to analyse and interpret quantitative data using industry-standard statistical software packages. You will also continue to develop your skills in qualitative research methods and build your abilities in research interviewing, thematic analysis and reporting of qualitative data, how to build rapport and trust with participants, and how to be self-aware and reflexive when conducting qualitative research.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC11012 and PSYC12048.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Research Assignment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
3. Report
Weighting: 45%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.


There is a suitable number of assessment tasks to develop SPSS data analysis skills and writing results in APA style.


Maintain the number and type of assessment tasks in 2021.

Feedback from Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.


Providing too many video resources (e.g., SPSS video demonstrations) from previous years overwhelmed some students.


Only provide one year's worth of past material and signpost whether optional or essential.

Feedback from Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.


Lecturer was patient and wanted students to grasp difficult material.


Maintain commitment and student engagement in 2021.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Prepare quantitative data ready for analysis in a statistical software package.
  2. Analyse and report quantitative data in a professional format.
  3. Interpret and defend qualitative data analysis in a professional format.
  4. Prepare for and conduct a qualitative interview.

The external accrediting body is Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The unit fulfills one of the key foundational competencies outlined in the accreditation document for students completing a 3 year psychology degree, i.e. they will acquire a depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach to research methods and statistics. This is a compulsory (year 3) unit required to successfully complete the course.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Textbooks and Resources



SPSS Statistics: A Practical Guide 4th Edition (2018)

Authors: Peter Allen, Kellie Bennett, Brody Heritage
ISBN: 9780170421140
Binding: Paperback

Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners 1st Edition ()

Authors: Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke
ISBN: 9781847875822
Binding: Paperback

Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics 5th Edition (2017)

Authors: Andy Field
London London , UK
ISBN: 9781526419521
Binding: Paperback

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition (2019)

Authors: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Washington Washington , DC , USA
ISBN: 9781433832161
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

PSCY13015 is being revamped in 2022 to include both quantitative and qualitative content. Hence two prescribed textbooks are specified. In subsequent years students should have already purchased the Braun and Clarke textbook in previous research methods units. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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