PSYC12048 - Research Methods 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Both qualitative and quantitative research skills are highly sought after in many career paths. This unit builds upon Research Methods 1 (PSYC11012) to provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct and appraise both qualitative and quantitative research in your university and/or professional careers in psychology. The unit will continue to build your skills in critiquing, designing, and analysing qualitative research. It will also further advance your skills related to designing quantitative research, including how to perform basic statistical analyses by hand and using industry-standard computer software. Students who are not confident in their mathematical abilities are encouraged to contact the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) to discuss 'refresher' options.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite Completion of PSYC11012. 

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Project (applied) 10%
2. Poster Sessions 30%
3. Portfolio 60%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 89.66% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.28% 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
Students asked for detailed videos with step-by-step instructions for statistical calculations to aid their learning.
Continue to develop and provide pre-recorded videos on statistical calculations, supported with opportunities for practice during live tutorials.
Action Taken
Opportunities for practicing statistical calculations were provided in tutorials. Further videos will be developed for the next offering of this unit.
Source: SUTE qualitative feedback
Some students wanted earlier access to unit content.
Load pre-recorded teaching materials as early as possible to the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Recorded lectures and associated notes were made available on the Moodle site from the start of term where possible. Tutorial content was added on a weekly basis.
Source: SUTE quantitative and qualitative feedback
Students appreciated the balance of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Maintain the balance between qualitative and quantitative teaching in the unit.
Action Taken
This balance in unit content was maintained in 2023.
Source: Student feedback (SUTE)
More examples of how to perform statistical hand calculations would be useful in consolidating learning of concepts.
More hand calculation examples will be provided to students in future iterations of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback (SUTE)
Being provided with working out templates for hand calculations, rather than requiring students to create these by hand, would enable students to spend more time to dedicate to learning concepts.
Templates for hand calculations will be provided to students in future iterations of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback (SUTE)
Audio quality of lecture videos could be improved.
Lecture videos with sub-optimal audio will be re-recorded.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback (SUTE)
The structure of the unit, how the content was assessed, and support material provided enabled students to feel at ease studying research methods.
Continue with the current framework for the unit, while continuing to make improvements according to students suggestions as they are communicated.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research approaches.
  2. Map a thematic analysis of qualitative research data.
  3. Calculate and report quantitative data in a professional format.

This unit addresses Foundational Competencies as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The unit specifically aligns to the following APAC graduate competencies:

1.1 Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the following topics: i. the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology; and xii. research methods and statistics.

1.2 Apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.

1.3 Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.

1.4 Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology.

1.6 Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Project (applied)
2 - Poster Sessions
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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