This unit of study consists of two components: a focus on personality and social psychology and a focus on further training in research methods. The aim of the personality and social psychology lectures is to present these topics in such a way as to illustrate their relevance to situations encountered in everyday life. Students will become familiar with some of the central conceptual frameworks and models developed by social psychologists to account for individual behaviour in social settings. Personality lectures focus on contemporary personality theory and research and introduce the issue of personality assessment or measurement. The research methods lectures build on the concepts underpinning research methodologies, statistical tests and processes introduced in the pre-requisite unit Psychology 2A. Students develop an understanding of the logic and process of hypothesis testing and inferential statistics as related to non-parametric measurement and parametric measurement, e.g. analysis of variance. Students are also introduced to the principles of design and measurement in psychology and the concepts of reliability and validity as related to research design and data collection instruments.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and critique core concepts and models in social psychology and their relevance in everyday life;  
  2. Review and appraise core personality theory and research and selected applications;  
  3. Authenticate understanding and application of quantitative research methods; and  
  4. Collect, critically analyse and report on quantitative data.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Social psychology research project and presentation (1200 - 1500 words) 30%
Report Personality discussion paper (700 words) 20%
Examination Exam on research methods (2 hours) 20%
Examination Exam on personality and social psychology (2 hours) 30%

Required reading

Statistics for the behavioral sciences 10th ed.
Gravetter, F & Wallnau, L., (2016)
Belmont. CA: Wadsworth

SPSS survival manual 6th ed.
Pallant, J., (2016)
Sydney: Allen and Unwin

Psychology 2B Customised text
Pearson (Ed.)

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