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PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of 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 a basic understanding of issues and methods used in psychological research and the application of this research. Topics covered in the unit include qualitative research methods; standpoint and reflexivity in qualitative research; methods for the collection of data, including interviews and interviewing techniques, case studies, focus groups, and narrative methods; the ethics of qualitative research; strategies for analysing qualitative data, including thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, memory work, discourse analysis, and Foucauldian discourse analysis; and assessing the trustworthiness of qualitative research.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)        demonstrate understanding of philosophical bases of qualitative and quantitative research

b)        demonstrate understanding of a range of qualitative research methods

c)        demonstrate understanding of the importance of standpoint and reflexivity in qualitative research

d)        demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in the ethical conduct of qualitative research

e)        demonstrate understanding of the range of methods for data collection in qualitative research

f)         conduct a research interview

g)        demonstrate understanding of and ability to conduct analysis of data generated by qualitative research using a variety of methods, including thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, narrative analysis, memory work, discourse analysis, and Foucauldian discourse analysis

h)        demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in the assessment of the trustworthiness of qualitative research

i)         write a qualitative report

Unit content

  • Philosophical debates in the history of science and psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Data collection in qualitative research
  • Ethical issues in qualitative research
  • Techniques of data analysis used in qualitative research: Thematic Analysis, Grounded Theory, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; Discourse Analysis; Foucauldian Discourse Analysis; Narrative Methods
  • Assessing trustworthiness in qualitative research
  • Applications of psychological research to everyday events and psychological practice

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.