PSYC424 - Research Methods

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: Nil

This unit continues the training in the research skills and competencies underpinning not only the discipline of psychology but also evidence based practice. The unit is designed to extend the knowledge and skills in research methods developed throughout the three-year undergraduate degree. It provides you with research and analytical skills to support your own research projects, as well as your later careers in psychology and/or other fields. This unit covers issues of research design in the context of the statistical tools used to analyse quantitative research data. In addition to this, a series of univariate and multivariate data analysis techniques are introduced, and you will learn to conduct these analyses using SPSS, to interpret the output of said analyses, and to write up reports of the results, including interpretation of their meaning in the context of the research question they address. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of reporting effect size estimates and the confidence intervals around them and of not focusing exclusively on significance testing. As such, the aim of this unit is to provide you with advanced knowledge of statistical analysis and skills in conducting, interpreting and reporting those analyses.