Graduate Diploma Unit
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8
6 (out of 54)
This unit is one of the coursework units for students in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. This unit will review and significantly extend upon material covered in undergraduate accredited psychology sequences on research design, research methods and data analysis. The unit will cover advanced qualitative research methods and analysis, some advanced statistical techniques, and will support students in their preparations to engage in the research process in fourth year.
Learning and Teaching Process
This unit comprises ten (10) weekly 2.5 hour lectures and nine (9) weekly 1 hour tutorials. Lectures commence in Week 1 of the trimester and will be captured electronically at the time of delivery and will automatically be made available online within the following 24 hours. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory; students should attend, from Week 2, the tutorial class into which they are enrolled.
All students are provided with secure online access to comprehensive unit learning resources via the Student Portal. Unit Coordinators, Lecturers, and Student Support staff are available to students (in all modes of delivery) at designated times via email and telephone contact throughout the duration of the unit.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
a) critically evaluate the range of applications of psychological research
b) employ a range of non-experimental research methods
c) conduct analysis of data generated by quasi and non-experimental research using a variety of methods, including thematic analysis, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis, narrative analysis, memory work, discourse analysis and Foucauldian discourse analysis
d) apply an advanced understanding of the principles involved in the ethical conduct and validity of qualitative research
e) plan research and determine research budgets
f) communicate the results of psychological research in a way that demonstrates an advanced understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts and that is accessible to a wide audience
g) interpret the results of SPSS output from statistical analyses for quasi and non-experimental research designs (e.g. correlation and simple linear regression)
|Week||Lecture Topic||Tutorial Topic|
Psychology, science and philosophy: The quantitative-qualitative divide in psychology
|No Tutorials in Week 1|
The fundamentals of qualitative research.
The critique of quantitative research and the role of reflexivity
Planning and designing qualitative research: Research proposals and budgets
|Qualitative research design, proposals and budgeting|
Data collection in qualitative research I: Interviews and focus groups
|The interview process|
|5||Data collection in qualitative research II: Case studies, observational research, and narrative methods||Memory-Work: An example of a narrative-based research method|
Analysing qualitative data I (Thematic Analysis; Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis; Grounded Theory)
|Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis|
|7||Analysing qualitative data II (Discourse analysis; Foucauldian Discourse Analysis)||Foucauldian Discourse Analysis|
|8||Quality and validity in qualitative research and Writing up the qualitative research report||Ethics in qualitative research|
|9||Analysing quasi and non-experimental data I: Techniques of correlation||Analysing quasi and non-experimental data I: Techniques of correlation|
|10||Analysing quasi and non-experimental data II: Simple linear regression||Analysing quasi and non-experimental data II: Techniques of linear regression|
|Assessment 1: Mid-Trimester Quiz||10%||25 Short Answer Questions; 30 minute time limit|
|Assessment 2: Qualitative Research Report||40%||2000 words|
|Assessment 3: End-Trimester Quiz||10%||25 Short Answer Questions; 30 minute time limit|
|Assessment 4: Final Examination||40%||80 Multiple Choice questions, 10 Short Answer questions on SPSS output; 2 hour time limit|
This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time.