PSY2051 - Research design and analysis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Dr James Coxon (Australia)

Dr Vanlal Thanzami (Malaysia)

Unit guides





This unit covers at a more advanced level topics in research design and analysis presented in first-year psychology. The topics comprise experimental design and applied methodology. Experimental design and analysis includes hypothesis testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, and post-hoc tests. Applied methodology includes correlation, chi-square, non-parametric tests and observational, archival and single subject designs. The laboratory program complements the lecture series, and provides further training in research techniques, analysis, oral presentations and teamwork. Attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


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

  1. acquire conceptual and practical skills in designing and analysing psychological research;
  2. acquire an understanding of the appropriate application of a variety of statistical tests; and
  3. develop skills in the use of statistical software.


  • RDA assignment (1,000 words) (20%)
  • RDA assignment (1,500 words) (20%)
  • 5 x Graded online lecture quizzes (10%)
  • Examination (MCQ) (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lectures for this unit are online only via MULO. Attendance at labs, tutorials or weekend schools is required in order to successfully complete in-class activities and related assessment tasks.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at the Weekend School (WESch) classes is required in order to successfully complete the in class activities and related assessments tasks. Sessions may be held at Clayton or Caulfield campuses.

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