PSYC5212 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2 Advanced

Graduate Diploma Unit


One trimester


Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8

Credit points:

6 (out of 54)


PSYC1012, PSYC1022, PSYC1032

Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is delivered within the Graduate Diploma 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 critically analyse findings from research papers
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of ethics in research
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of survey and questionnaire design and be able to develop and pilot an online questionnaire
  • Demonstrate  an  advanced  understanding  of  experimental  design  and  univariate analyses
  • Demonstrate   an   advanced   understanding   of   reliability   and   validity   and   the importance of these concepts within the discipline of psychology
  • Run univariate data analyses using SPSS
  • Synthesise statistical outputs and describe research findings
  • Communicate research findings to an audience of peers

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 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.

Study schedule

N.B. This unit is at a higher level than that taken by the Bachelor’s degree students, and therefore students will be expected to adopt a critical and evaluative position on the topics and be ready to engage with the tutor at an advanced level.

Assessment Summary

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

Recommended text(s)

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 full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.

Parallel teaching statement

This unit involves parallel teaching. In order to ensure the required coverage of psychology and meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Standards, students enrolled in this unit will attend the same lectures as undergraduate students enrolled in the second and third years of the psychology sequence. To ensure learning at the appropriate level, however, students enrolled in this unit will attend separate laboratory and/or tutorial sessions from the undergraduate students. These sessions, rather than focusing on reinforcing the learning of material presented in lectures, are designed to extend this learning in more depth and at an advanced level. This will involve students preparing for these sessions by reading more advanced material. Assessment tasks also differ from the parallel undergraduate unit to ensure students are able to demonstrate the higher level of learning that is required for successful completion of the unit.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.  A full and update to date unit outline will be posted on the class space