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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:

Online and on-campus




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 the issues addressed and the methods used in psychological research that were presented in PSYC1012 (Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1). That unit provided a broad introduction to a range of methodological issues that are central to psychological research. This unit has a more specific focus: quantitative research design and analysis. Topics to be addressed include experimental design; descriptive statistics; exploratory data analysis; assumption testing; t-tests; correlation; chi-square; simple regression; and the analysis of variance (ANOVA), including multiple comparisons. The goals of the unit are to develop an understanding of the role of quantitative data analysis and statistical testing in answering research questions in psychology, which involves developing knowledge and skills in research thinking, research doing, and research consuming. The SPSS data analysis package features heavily in both lectures and tutorials. The unit relies on problem-based real-world examples as a forum for considering the material, as opposed to calculation and statistical theory, which is kept to an absolute minimum.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit you should be able to:

a)    Evaluate research papers

b)    Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design

c)    Demonstrate an understanding of a range of statistical tests

d)    Run a range of statistical tests using SPSS

e)    Interpret data analyses

f)     Present the results of data analyses in correct APA style

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 is taught over 10 weeks and totals approximately 4 student contact hours per week. 

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. 

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.


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.