Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


In this unit, students will continue their training in research via three components. First, research design and analysis topics presented in earlier units will be explored at a more advanced theoretical level. The major focus of this component will be analysis of variance and multiple regression. Second, students will develop experience performing statistical analyses using SPSS. Finally, students will continue their training in research design and analysis by undertaking a research project under the supervision of a member of staff.


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

  1. Critically evaluate theoretical, methodological and ethical issues associated with designing and evaluating research.
  2. Conduct and reflect on each stage of the research process, from formulating original research questions to interpreting and reporting results.
  3. Utilize teamwork to solve challenges associated with research.
  4. Select appropriate statistical analyses for a range of research designs.
  5. Analyse and interpret factorial analyses of variance and multiple regression.
  6. Apply digital literacy to enter, analyse and interpret data (e.g., using appropriate statistical software).
  7. Communicate scientific ideas, procedures, results, and conclusions using appropriate language, formats, and digital technology.


5 x Secure online exams (30 minutes each) (25%)
5 x Critical evaluation tasks (250 words each) (25%)
Research project report (2,500 words) (50%)

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/week);
  2. skills-based video tutorials (1 hour/week);
  3. synchronous & asynchronous discussion (1 hour/week);
  4. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2 hours/week);
  5. weekly readings (4-5 hours); and
  6. weekly skills-based and content assessment tasks (8-10 hours).

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