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PSS4711 - Methods in Psychological Sciences

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Catherine Haigh


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit serves as both an expansion of undergraduate background knowledge and as a preparation for further studies and research. The chosen topics of study will include issues of professional concern such as ethical issues in research and practice, and methodology and statistical techniques appropriate to evaluate various therapeutic interventions.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify ethical issues in professional practice and research;
  2. address said issues in an appropriate manner;
  3. apply appropriate statistical techniques to analyse data collected pre and post intervention;
  4. interpret statistical analyses undertaken to evaluate the effects of therapeutic intervention;
  5. present verbal and written reports that effectively communicate relevant information


Two problem sets (2500 words each) 40%
One group presentation (1500 words): 20%
One research report (2500): 40%

Contact hours

One two-hour seminars per week


Undergraduate degree with Psychological Studies, Psychology or related major