Courses & Units

Research Methods KHB100


In this unit you will examine research methods that will help you design studies to investigate questions about relationships and differences among a variety of behavioural and health-related variables. You will learn when and how to use data analysis methods to summarise data, test statistical hypotheses and interpret the results for relationships and differences among variables. You will learn about the principles that underlie ethical research, in relation to both research participants and the conduct of researchers themselves. The skills and knowledge developed in this unit will provide you with the necessary tools to critically evaluate research across a wide-range of science-based disciplines.


Unit name Research Methods
Unit code KHB100
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor Matt Palmer
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of research methods to design studies to test hypotheses about relationships and differences among variables.
  • Apply knowledge of statistical methods to test hypotheses about relationships and differences among a range of variables.
  • Effectively interpret and communicate research findings of psychological research using a variety of formats.
  • Explain key principles of research ethics and scientific integrity.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090701 $1,892.00 $888.00 $1,037.00 $2,567.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour online lecture modules weekly (12 weeks)
10 practical classes, each comprised of 2-hours face-to-face class time per week (practical classes begin in Week 2).
4 hours weekly of Independent study activities to complement online lecture modules and practical exercises (e.g., readings, practice exercises, discussion board posts) (12 weeks)

AssessmentPractical exercises (30%)|Quizzes (30%)|Written assignment (40%)
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MacGillivray, H., Utts, J.M., & Heckard, R.F. (2013). Mind on Statistics: Australian & New Zealand (2nd ed.). Cengage.

Free online textbook. – Jhangiani, R.S., Chiang, I.A., Cuttler, C. & Leighton, D.C. (2019). Research Methods in Psychology (4th ed.). KPU.


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). American Psychological Association

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