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Transferable Skills in Psychology PSY111


In today’s information-rich world it is essential to be able to interpret and critically evaluate empirical and popular reports of psychological research, as well as research findings more broadly. We need to be able to recognise the characteristics of valid research, to understand what distinguishes trustworthy reporting from biased and misleading reporting, and to communicate the findings from psychological and other research in a clear, accessible and unbiased way. In this unit you will explore foundational concepts of research methods, research design and research ethics that will help you interpret and critically evaluate psychological research. You will learn how to use library and web resources to locate relevant, reliable and valid evidence about psychological findings and theories. You will also learn skills to help you summarise conceptual and numerical information in a clear, concise and accessible manner for a range of audiences. The skills gained in this unit are powerful and readily transferable to many of today’s workplaces and they provide a solid foundation for further study in psychology.


Unit name Transferable Skills in Psychology
Unit code PSY111
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor Michael Garry
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the major principles that govern ethical research involving diverse populations.
  • Apply information literacy skills to locate and retrieve high-quality information sources relevant to a research topic
  • Identify fundamental research methods and primary variables in psychological research studies from written and verbal descriptions.
  • Summarise and communicate conceptual and quantitative information using a style and language appropriate for defined audiences.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour Online Lecture Modules weekly,  1 x 2 hour practical class weekly,  6hrs Self-directed study weekly

AssessmentResearch participation and reflection (10%)|Practical exercises (20%)|Written Assignment (30%)|Final Exam (40%)
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You will need the following texts. Both texts are freely available online and can be downloaded as PDF files:

Spielman, R.M., Jenkins, W.J. & Lovett, M.D. (2022). [eTextbook] Psychology 2e.

Navarro, D.J. & Foxcroft, D.R. (2022). learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners. (Version 0.75). DOI: 10.24384/hgc3-7p15


Additional readings may be added during the semester. These will be communicated to you by the unit coordinator.

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