PSYCH539-21A (HAM)

Graduate Research Methods in Psychology

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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A major aim of this paper is to support students in becoming more independent and critical researchers able to design, conduct, understand, and communicate research. This paper will also give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in quantitative research methods in Psychology.

Lectures, laboratory classes, readings, and practical assignments will assist students to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to develop an independent study, collect and analyse data and communicate study results in a form of a peer-reviewed journal article.

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Paper Structure

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During teaching weeks there will be one lecture per week. Laboratory classes will be held for most of the study weeks and in some weeks, there will be optional laboratory classes or workshops. These optional laboratory/workshops will provide one-on-one assistance with assignments, particularly with statistics.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • engage in pre-research activities
    Students will conduct literature searches, develop a research question, evaluate the ethics of research and complete a research proposal for a grant application.
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  • analyse data, in preparation for a directed study or thesis research.

    Students will formulate hypotheses, plan data analyses, and conduct statistical analyses ranging from t tests to more complex designs using existing data and different statistical approaches. Students will also develop a data analyses plan for research proposal on a topic of their choice.

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  • understand and critique research
    Students will develop a research proposal for a grant application that involves critique of existing research, demonstrating understanding of research principles such as design issues, reliability, validity and ethics.
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  • report and interpret quantitative research
    Students will be presenting and interpreting the results of statistical analyses in a laboratory report.
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Assessment

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Assessment will involve two written assignments and two online tests.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1: Research Proposal for a Grant Application
23 Apr 2021
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Online Test 1
14 Apr 2021
12:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 2: Laboratory Report
4 Jun 2021
12:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Online Test 2
10 Jun 2021
12:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Textbook:

Field, A. P. (2018). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics (5th Edition). Los Angeles, Sage.
Earlier editions are fine.

Additional readings may be assigned to accompany the lectures.

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Other Resources

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All lectures will be recorded and available on Moodle for revision purposes.
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Online Support

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Up-to-date course information, lecture notes, web resources, etc., will be available here.

Graduate Virtual Common Room and Psychology Café.

Please access the Psychology Café section of Moodle. Here you can locate useful resources for graduate students, find out what is happening in the School, and network with other graduate students.

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Workload

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For a typical student in a 15-point graduate paper (offered over one semester), the workload is approximately 10 hours per week, including class contact time.

This figure is only an approximation, as papers vary in their requirements, and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: PSYC307 or PSYCH307

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