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BHS4030 - Researching Behaviour: Advanced Practice and Reporting

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Francesca Collins


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)


Students will develop the skills required to conduct an independent research project and present their findings both orally and as a research thesis. Topics to be covered include critical reading of the relevant behavioural sciences research literature, key statistical concepts for the social sciences, research planning, design and execution, research ethics and presentation skills. On completion of this unit, students will have conducted a thoughtful and critical review of the literature in their area of research interest and have acquired the skills and confidence to present their ideas to a professional academic audience


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. critical research article reading skills.
  2. a thorough understanding of the practical and ethical issues surrounding behavioural research.
  3. the skills to conduct a thorough, well-structured review of the research literature in their area of research interest.


Journal article critique (1500 words) : 15%
Research proposal 'conference paper' presentation (2000 words) : 25%
Literature review (5500 words) : 60%

Contact hours

One 3-hour seminar per week


Students must be enrolled in an appropriate Honours program.