Courses & Units

Advanced Research Skills in Psychology PSY311


Psychology, the study of human behaviour, is wondrous in its complexity. Individual behaviour is affected and influenced by many factors, including biological, neurological, psychological and cultural. Psychologists can and do measure all of these factors and understand that the relationships and effects among them are many and varied. Some factors influence behaviour directly and others indirectly; some effects and influences are large, while others are small; and the mix among these is often variable, sensitive to situational and behavioural contexts, age, motivations and gender. As knowledge and technology continue to advance, psychology researchers are asking increasingly complex and nuanced questions about human behaviour. To successfully integrate and interpret data from these studies requires knowledge of advanced research methods and advanced statistical tools. In this unit you will extend your knowledge and skills to help you to make principled choices among a variety of advanced statistical tools, choices that are often not clear cut for complex questions. You will learn and apply principles to assist with consolidating and interpreting complex data. And you will learn how to communicate the results obtained from complex analyses in a clear and principled way.


Unit name Advanced Research Skills in Psychology
Unit code PSY311
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno
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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise research methodology and develop strategies to overcome limitations for a variety of research contexts.
  • Select, conduct and interpret statistical analyses to test hypotheses for complex research designs.
  • Integrate research results, design limitations and research codes of conduct to communicate findings to a variety of 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.



PSY211 - Research Skills in Psychology

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hour Online lecture modules weekly

1 x 2-hour practical class weekly.

3hrs Independent Learning per week

AssessmentMid-semester Quiz (10%)|Weekly practical exercises (10%)|Weekly web-based assessments (quizzes) (10%)|Practical Test (30%)|Final Exam (40%)
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There are no required textbooks for PSY311. A workbook is provided to you electronically in PDF format.


Navarro DJ and Foxcroft DR (2019). learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners. (Version 0.70). DOI: 10.24384/hgc3-
7p15. Available for download at: tutorials on jamovi, available at:

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