This unit revises and expands on the research design and statistical analyses covered in the undergraduate Psychology program and covers the ethics requirements for conducting and reporting research. It reviews the statistical methods introduced in undergraduate units, then introduces more advanced multivariate statistical methods, their purpose, assumptions, and application, highlighting how these approaches may be appropriate and flexible for research and applied settings in Psychology.
|Unit name||Research Design & Ethics|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Mark Hinder|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Apply and evaluate ethical principles for the design and conduct of research studies
- Evaluate data from psychological research using analytical methods appropriate for a variety of research designs and research hypotheses.
- Adapt and apply reporting and communication principles to share research findings across a variety of audiences and presentation formats.
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PrerequisitesAdmission into M4Y.
1-hr lecture and a 2-hr practical weekly plus 3hrs of Independent Learning (self directed activities) per week
|Assessment||Ethics assignment (30%)|Practical class exercises (30%)|In-class exam (40%)|
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You will need the following text:
Required readings for the ethics assignment include:
Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council (2007, updated 2018). National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. PDF available at https://nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/national-statement-ethical-conduct-human-research-2007-updated-2018
Additional readings will be provided during the Semester via MyLO.
Explorations in statistics is a series of short articles on selected statistical concepts by Douglas Curran-Everett published in the journal Advances in Physiology Education. These are available on-line.
Curran-Everett, D. (2008). Explorations in statistics: standard deviations and standard errors. Advances in Physiology Education, 32: 203-208.
Curran-Everett, D. (2009). Explorations in statistics: hypothesis tests and P values. Advances in Physiology Education, 33: 81-86.
Curran-Everett, D. (2009). Explorations in statistics: confidence intervals. Advances in Physiology Education, 33: 87-90.
Curran-Everett, D. (2010). Explorations in statistics: power. Advances in Physiology Education, 34: 41-43.
Curran-Everett, D. (2010). Explorations in statistics: correlation. Advances in Physiology Education, 34: 186-191.
The following are classic go-to textbooks on statistics for psychology students and researchers. Current editions are listed but older editions would be fine too.
Field, Andy. (2018), Discovering statistics using SPSS (5th ed.), London: Sage.
Tabachnick, B.G., & Fidell, L.S. (2012). Using multivariate statistics (6th ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
The APA publication manual is the key resource for all things to do with writing research reports, referencing, etc.
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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