Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 1 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 3 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 5 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


This unit covers at a more advanced level topics in research design and analysis presented in first-year psychology. Students will further develop their understanding of the research process and some of the most commonly used methods of statistical analysis. Students will also become familiar with the statistical software package, SPSS. Topics covered include: parametric and nonparametric procedures to compare two or more independent or matched samples; correlation and linear regression; planned and post hoc comparison techniques; power and sample size considerations; interpretation of output; experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research strategies; between- and within-subjects designs; and ethics.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically review methodological, ethical and statistical issues associated with designing and evaluating empirical research within the discipline of psychology.
  2. Communicate scientific ideas, procedures, results, and conclusions using appropriate language, formats, and digital technology.
  3. Analyse single-factor quantitative data by selecting the appropriate statistical test, evaluating its assumptions, and interpreting test results within the applicable boundaries.
  4. Apply IT skills to enter, organise, and analyse data (e.g., using statistical software, such as SPSS).
  5. Formulate research questions and apply problem-solving skills to develop a plan for systematically addressing these questions through empirical research.


Weekly lab exercises (200 words per week) (6 x 5% = 30%)
Applied research design task (1,500 words) (35%)
Secure online examination (40 mins per exam) (10% + 10% + 15% = 35%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week on this unit. This time will cover:

  1. video lecture materials (1 hour);
  2. synchronous & asynchronous discussion (1-2 hours);
  3. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2 hours);
  4. weekly readings (4-5 hours);
  5. weekly skills-based assessment tasks (4-6 hours); and
  6. content-based assessment (4-5 hours, including revision and formative assessment).

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Must be enrolled in course 4525.