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PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1

Bachelor Course Unit


One Trimester


1st Year Core

Credit Points: 

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of Delivery:

Online and on-campus




This unit is one of three introductory units in Psychology for commencing students. This unit will introduce you to a variety of research methods used in psychology along with the statistical techniques used to analyse data obtained from such methods.   

Unit Description

In this unit, students will gain experience in the design and conduct of psychological research, the analysis of data using a computer-based statistical package, the writing of research reports, and a number of other foundation concepts in psychological research methodology, such as research design, sampling, and ethical issues. The unit also introduces the concepts that underlie both descriptive and inferential statistics, but specific statistical tests are not covered. This unit complements PSYC1022 and PSYC1032, and together they provide an overview of contemporary thinking in theory and method in the discipline of psychology.

Learning Outcomes

 On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)      demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in a research context

b)      demonstrate knowledge of the different research methods used in psychology

c)      demonstrate knowledge in the design and conduct of psychological research

d)      demonstrate knowledge of measurement, reliability, and validity

e)      review and critically assess current psychological literature

Unit Content

  • Introduction to the unit and the role of research in psychology
  • Getting to terms with the language of research
  • APA style and writing in psychology
  • Ethics in research
  • Sampling and measurement
  • Methods of measuring behaviour
  • Non-experimental design
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental methods
  • Data collection and descriptive statistics
  • Introducing inferential statistics

Learning and Teaching Process

This unit comprises of 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. Tutorials begin in Week 2 of trimester.

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 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.

Enrolment Recommendation

It is the recommendation of Psychological Sciences that commencing students do not enrol into the three core psychology units (PSYC1012, PSYC1022 and PSYC1032) during the same trimester of enrolment. This recommendation is in recognition of the workload involved in each of these units and is offered to best support commencing students to achieve the best possible outcomes in these foundation units. Please see our recommended sequencing of unit completion here.


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.