PSY4062 - Research methods and theory - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Miss Leah Braganza


Ms Eloise Perini

Unit guides


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 1 2019 (Online)
  • Teaching Period 4 2019 (Online)


PSY4051, PSY4131.


Students can be enrolled in these units using either the GDP course codes (M5013/4525) or the Single Unit course code (3900).


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.


  • Critical evaluation tasks (30%)
  • Research project report (50%) (hurdle)
  • 5 x Secure online quizzes (20%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on this unit to achieve the learning outcomes.

This time will cover:

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

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