PSYC11012 - Foundations of Psychological Research

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is an introductory unit designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and values required throughout your studies in psychology and the social sciences. At the end of this unit you will be able to understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including the characteristics of the science of psychology, and describing and evaluating different research methods used by psychologists. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills, which includes sceptical inquiry and the use of the scientific approach to solving problems. You will also demonstrate introductory skills consistent with the application of psychology that involves finding and critically evaluating scientific literature, constructing empirical arguments, generating research questions, conducting ethical research, referencing and formatting in APA style, and preparing research reports.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Critical Review 20%
4. Report 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 39.77% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback and Unit Coordinators
Feedback
Some students indicated difficulty navigating assessment information
Recommendation
All of the assessment information should be organised by assessment type. Reminders of assessment deadlines and links should also be provided under the relevant weekly tab
Action Taken
We changed the way we organised and presented information about the assessments on Moodle. We also produced a short video providing a summary and guide for each assessment task. We also provide a timetable outlining all key dates and events for the unit across the term.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that more statistics knowledge should be included in the unit
Recommendation
Knowledge and application of statistical methodology is taught incrementally over multiple units. The links between the research methods in the course should be made clearer
Action Taken
We have ensured that the article to be reviewed for the critical task, and the amount of statistical knowledge required to complete the research report requires minimal background knowledge of statistics. Statistical methodology is covered in weeks 10 and 11, but it is not a focus of the unit.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students were pleased with 2 lecturers being assigned to the unit
Recommendation
If possible, the combined teaching delivery should be maintained. Having one of the unit lecturers also teaching into PSYC12047 provides valuable continuity for the students
Action Taken
As with 2019, two lecturers were assigned to this unit. Content delivery and marking was shared. Feedback from students continues to be positive.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
"A good aspect of this unit is the breakdown of weekly lectures and how they were uploaded in 3-4 parts that thoroughly covered the weekly the topics. This prevented having to sit through a 2+ hour lecture each week."
Recommendation
Continue splitting the lecture videos for each weekly topics into digestible parts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
"The questions in the APA quiz were quite tricky to read. It felt like they were trying to make it harder than necessary to understand what they wanted."
Recommendation
Review the quiz questions relating to APA referencing and formatting to ensure questions are relevant and instructions are clear.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
"...a guide on how to juggle multiple research journals at the same time for the report would be nice."
Recommendation
Provide resources and advice for searching, managing and utilising journal articles for preparing essays, literature reviews, and research reports.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists
  2. Evaluate the quality of information, including differentiating empirical evidence from speculation
  3. Write a standard research report using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions
  4. Reflect on one’s experiences in order to identify and articulate one’s personal and sociocultural values as well as demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Critical Review
4 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
4 - Report
3 - Critical Review
1 - Online Quiz(zes)