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FACULTY OF HEALTH, ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
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UNIT TITLE Research Applications and Ethical Issues
UNIT CODE PSY3303
CREDIT POINTS 15
FULL YEAR UNIT No
PRE-REQUISITES PSY2202 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
MODE OF DELIVERY On-campus
Online

DESCRIPTION

In this unit students learn about the role of research in a variety of applied contexts. Ethical issues in research are also examined. Understanding is consolidated through critical evaluation of published studies, and the development of research proposals.

 
LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this unit students should be able to:


  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major issues in conducting research in natural settings;
  2. demonstrate competence in preparing a qualitative research proposal;
  3. demonstrate an appreciation of the ethical issues in conducting research;
  4. discuss the role of research in the study and practice of psychology;
  5. evaluate psychologists’ behaviour in conducting psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines;
  6. demonstrate competence in advanced statistical techniques for quasi experimental research using computerized analysis methods;
  7. demonstrate effective oral communication skills. 
 
UNIT CONTENT

1. Examination of the major issues in conducting research in natural settings.
2. Understanding and applying qualitative research design, analysis and interpretation.
3. Developing a qualitative research proposal.
4. Review of ethical issues in research:
    o Ethics Committees and the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics;
    o The protection of human participants;
    o Informed consent;
    o Debriefing;
    o Voluntariness of participants: inducements and coercion;
    o Confidentiality in research
    o Conflicting roles of the researcher;
    o Issues where other parties are involved;
    o Honouring commitments;
    o Community and cultural research
5. Use of the computer statistical packages SPSS for Windows.
6. Advanced factorial ANOVA complex designs and interpretation.
7. Introduction to multivariate statistics.

 
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROCESSES
Lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions.
 
GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit

  • Ability to communicate
  • Cross-cultural and international outlook
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to generate ideas
 
ASSESSMENT
Grading Schema 1
 
Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.
 

Item

On-Campus Assessment

Value

 

Review

Qualitative paper review

10%

Assignment

Qualitative research proposal

50%

Examination

End of semester examination

40%

 

Item

Online Assessment

Value

 

Review

Qualitative paper review

10%

Assignment

Qualitative research proposal

50%

Examination

End of semester examination

40%

 
TEXTS
Coakes, S. J., & Steed, L. G. (2007). SPSS: Analysis without anguish. Brisbane: Wiley.
Howell, D. C. (2009). Statistical methods for psychology (7th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury/Thompson Learning.
Liamputtong, P. (2009). Qualitative research methods (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 
SIGNIFICANT REFERENCES
Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of qualitative methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dudgeon, P., Pickett, H., & D. Garvey (Eds.). (2000). Working with Indigenous Australians: A Handbook for psychologists. Perth: Gunada Press.
Greenberg, J., & Folger, R. (1988). Controversial issues in social research methods. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Miles, M. B., & Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis: A source book of new methods. Beverley Hills, CA: Sage.
Patton, M. Q. (1980). Qualitative evaluation methods. Beverley Hills, CA: Sage.
Smith, J. A., Harre, R., & Van Langenhove, L. (1995). Rethinking methods in psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Maginn, P., Thompson, S., & Tonts, M. (Eds). (2008). Qualitative urban analysis: An international perspective. London: Elsevier.
 
JOURNALS
Action Research
British Journal of Social Psychology
Critical Discourse Studies
Community, Work & Family
Feminism & Psychology
Ethnicity & Health
International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Journal of Health Psychology
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Qualitative Health Research
Qualitative Inquiry
 
WEB SITES
http://ww.ecu.edu.au/GPPS/ethics/legislation.phc
http://www.aps.psychsociety.com.au (ethics and professional conduct information)
http://www.ipip.org/(The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology website)
http://www.qualitativeresearch.uga.edu/QualPage/
www.irn.pdx.edu/~kerlinb/qualresearch/
 
 
 
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