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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.43% 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: Evaluation
Students were given the option of completing the Research Report on a topic voted for by their own cohort, or they could choose the topic used in Term 1. Students indicated that they enjoyed being part of the process of selecting research topics and how this was embedded in the unit. However some students commented that the option of one of two potential topics meant that there was a lot of material (data sets and resources, articles etc.) on Moodle which felt overwhelming. On reflection, the Unit Coordinator agreed that this did result in potential confusion and anxiety for students.
Continue to offer the students the opportunity to vote on the research topic. However only one topic (the winning one for that cohort) will be made available for students to work on for their research report in future terms.
Action Taken
Students were involved in all stages of the research process - from conceptualisation to the write-up of results in a scientific research report. Feedback from the students in the evaluations indicated that this assisted their learning and understanding of the report. Because the Term 3 iteration of the unit is delivered by one casual staff, and because this assessment involves too much in-term preparation for one person, students enrolled in Term 3 do not have the opportunity to choose the research topic.
Source: Have your say
Students indicated that they valued the opportunity to learn via 'doing,' that is, by putting what they learnt into practice in their assignments.
The major assessment for this unit is a research report, based on a research project designed and implemented by the students. This assessment task should remain the major assessment of the unit and remain integrated into the weekly content.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say
The resources and examples provided for the assessments were highly appreciated and useful.
Continue to evaluate and develop resources in relation to APA formatting, critical thinking, and report writing to assist students with the major assessment task, and to provide a foundation for future psychology units.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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