The goal of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of aspects of the theory and practice of psychology research most relevant for practising psychologists. Topics covered include: evidence-based practice and research-practice integration; research ethics; research design and statistical analysis, including the application of these to quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. The focus is on practical aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of psychology research. Through a mixture of seminars and independent and group activities and assignments, students are provided with the tools to design, conduct and report findings from applied research and to critically review relevant published research.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate an advanced understanding of evidence-based practice and the relationship between theory and practice;  
  2. Critically evaluate and review psychological literature and research design;  
  3. Reflect and apply ethical considerations in research and practice;  
  4. Exemplify and apply advanced theoretical knowledge related to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research;  
  5. Exhibit a developing ability to understand and apply research based intervention to psychological practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-Class Test (60 minutes) 30%
Case Study Theoretical and evidence based case study (4,000 words) 70%

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