The aims of this unit are: to provide students with the requisite knowledge to comprehend and critically appraise research frameworks and qualitative and quantitative research studies relevant to the field of clinical or community psychology (critical research literacy); to introduce students to some of the current controversies in the fields of clinical or community research, and the role that research design and data analysis play in the research disputes; to assist students in designing and conducting an independent research project using a suitable approach and method. This unit will equip students with the requisite skills to be critical consumers of clinical or community psychology research, as well as develop and refine the skills necessary to conduct research in an ethically and methodologically sound way.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate published research relating to the field of clinical or community psychology;  
  2. Review and critique the values, principles and assumptions that underpin qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods;  
  3. Develop appropriate research questions for various research approaches and justify appropriate design and data gathering strategies for a clinical or community psychology project; and  
  4. Critically discuss evidence-based and other psychological interventions within the broader context of knowledge production in psychology.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critically review the methodology, methods, and conclusions of selected research papers (Word length: 2000) 30%
Report Research report detailing the investigation of a practice-related topic (Word length: 3000) 70%

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