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PSYC5352 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3 Advanced

Graduate Diploma Unit


One Trimester


Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8

Credit Points:

6 (out of 54)



Mode(s) of Delivery:





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.

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; 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 advanced understanding of philosophical bases of qualitative and quantitative research

b)        demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of qualitative research methods

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

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

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

f)         conduct a high quality research interview

g)        demonstrate advanced understanding of and advanced ability to conduct an 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 advanced understanding of the principles involved in the assessment of the trustworthiness of qualitative research

i)         write a high-quality qualitative research report at a level acceptable for fourth-year research.

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises ten (10) weekly 3 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.

Assessment Summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space

Recommended Text(s)

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 full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Parallel teaching statement

This unit involves parallel teaching. In order to ensure the required coverage of psychology and meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Standards, students enrolled in this unit will attend the same lectures as undergraduate students enrolled in the second and third years of the psychology sequence. To ensure learning at the appropriate level, however, students enrolled in this unit will attend separate laboratory and/or tutorial sessions from the undergraduate students. These sessions, rather than focusing on reinforcing the learning of material presented in lectures, are designed to extend this learning in more depth and at an advanced level. This will involve students preparing for these sessions by reading more advanced material. Assessment tasks also differ from the parallel undergraduate unit to ensure students are able to demonstrate the higher level of learning that is required for successful completion of the unit.


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 on the online class space.