PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is a core coursework unit for students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. This unit will review and extend upon material covered in undergraduate accredited psychology sequences on research design, research methods and data analysis. The unit will cover qualitative research methods and analysis, some advanced statistical techniques, and will assist students in their preparations to engage in the research process.

Unit description

The aim of the unit is to provide an advanced understanding of issues and methods used in psychological research and the application of this research. Topics covered in the unit include qualitative research methods, interviewing techniques, case studies, focus groups, and narrative methods; analysing qualitative data; planning and determining budgets for research; analysis of data resulting from quasi-and non-experimental research designs using correlational and regression techniques. The use of SPSS to accompany these research designs is also covered.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the range of applications of psychological research
  • demonstrate an understanding of a range of non-experimental research methods
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in the ethical conduct and validity of qualitative research
  • conduct analysis of data generated by quasi and non-experimental research using a variety of methods, including thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, narrative analysis, memory work and discourse analysis
  • plan research and determine research budgets
  • interpret SPSS output for statistical analyses for quasi and non-experimental research designs (e.g., correlation and simple linear regression)

Unit content

  • Psychology, science and philosophy: The quantitative-qualitative divide in psychology
  • The fundamentals of qualitative research.
  • Planning and designing qualitative research: Research proposals and budgets
  • Data collection in qualitative research I: Interviews and focus groups
  • Data collection in qualitative research II: Case studies, observational research, and narrative methods
  • Analysing qualitative data I (Thematic Analysis; Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis; Grounded Theory)
  • Analysing qualitative data II (Discourse analysis; Foucauldian Discourse Analysis)
  • Quality and validity in qualitative research and Writing up the qualitative research report         
  • Analysing quasi and non-experimental data I: Techniques of correlation        
  • Analysing quasi and non-experimental data II: Simple linear regression

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and 9 weekly one 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 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 again at the beginning of trimester.