PSYC104 - Research Design and Statistics I
Teaching Organisation 3 contact hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.
Psychology is the discipline devoted to the scientific study of human behaviour. As such, when training as a psychologist you are, at the most fundamental level, training as a scientist. This unit introduces you to some of the tools of the scientist's toolbox, including basic principles of research methodology. In addition to this, the unit will introduce you to the use of statistics as an instrument for characterising, understanding and extracting information from data and observations. Students will learn about (a) data measurement, collection and organisation, (b) the use and reporting of descriptive statistic information (central tendency and variability), and (c) the use of basic inferential statistic tests to answer research questions. This will involve learning the concept of null hypothesis significance testing and its application to measures of association and difference, in conjunction with issues of power and effect size. Finally, students will be trained in the use of SPSS with a focus on creating data files and techniques for conducting descriptive statistics, correlations and t-tests. As a whole, this unit is one of three units in the APAC accredited sequence designed to develop foundational competencies in research methods and statistics, and to introduce the appropriate values and ethical principles underlying research in psychology.