PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


2nd year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)


PSYC1012, PSYC1022, PSYC1032

Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is one of the core second year units in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. The unit covers experimental and survey designs along with the statistical techniques used to analyse data obtained from such methods.

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide a further understanding of issues addressed and methods used in psychological research that develop on those presented in PSYC1012: Psychology and Evidence-Based Approach 1. Topics to be addressed include: experimental design; questionnaire design and analysis; reliability and validity; the analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical procedures, including multiple comparisons, simple effects, and repeated measures ANOVA; and, nonparametric ANOVA

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to extract and describe findings from research papers
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of ethics in research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of survey and questionnaire design and be able to develop a questionnaire
  • Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and univariate analyses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of reliability and validity and the importance of these concepts
  • Run univariate data analyses using SPSS
  • Interpret data analyses

Unit content

  • The science and practice of psychology: Evidence-based interventions
  • Fundamentals of survey and questionnaire design and construction
  • Survey and questionnaire analysis:Reliability and validity 
  • Critical appraisal of published literature
  • Steps in designing and implementing a psychological research; project proposal; ethical considerations; identifying a population; sampling
  • Mathematical assumptions of parametric statistical tests; confidence intervals, standard error and statistical power.
  • Parametric tests of difference: Comparing two means (Independent and dependent samples t-tests).
  • Parametric tests of difference: Comparing several means (ANOVA).
  • Parametric tests of difference: Repeated measures ANOVA
  • Non-parametric tests of difference: Comparing several means (Kruskal-Wallis and Friedman's ANOVA).

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment Summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.