Research Methods

Unit code: APC6089 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


The aim of this unit is to provide students with the requisite knowledge to plan methodologically and ethically sound research, including producing viable research proposals relevant to the field of clinical or community psychology. The unit will assist students to develop research interviewing knowledge and familiarise students with methods of research interview coding, analysis and interpretation. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their capacity for researcher reflexivity and to further understand the interface between research and practice (including intervention) in the field of clinical or community psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review a research topic and propose an appropriate research methodology to address a research question;
  2. Interrogate interview dynamics and appraise the relationally co-constituted nature of research interview data;
  3. Implement research data reduction, coding, and interpretive analytic procedures to make meaning of complex human expressions; and
  4. Interrogate the role of researcher subjectivity in knowledge production, and engage in self-reflection to enhance both reflexive research endeavour and reflective professional practice.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 20%
Reflective essay on the relevance of qualitative research to identity as researcher-practitioners (850 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 45%
Code and interpret research interview data on a topic relevant to community or clinical psychology (2,000 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 35%
Produce a topic-specific research proposal relevant to the allocated research project (1,500 words)

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