Research Methods

Subject 476-656 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours 72 hours non-contact
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Esther Care
Subject Overview: An integrated approach to research in the field of educational and developmental psychology. The interdependence of measurement, design, and analysis is emphasised. Practical aspects of data management and analysis (using SPSS and AMOS) is included in the laboratory component. Specific multivariate techniques are studied - their selection, use, interpretation, and reporting. Datasets relevant to the practice of educational psychology are used to inform exercise hypotheses and analyses.
Objectives: Information not available
Assessment: Written reports totalling 6,000 words (100 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Hair, J.F., Anderson , R.E.,Tatham, R.L & Black, W.C. (2006) Multivariate Data Analysis. NJ: Prentice Hall.


Tabachnick, B.G., Fidell, L.S. (2007). Using multivariate statistics. Pearson: MA.

Kirkpatrick, L.A. , & Feeney, B.C.(2005). A Simple Guide to SPSS for Windows, Version 12.0, ISBN: 0534271316

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • evaluate research literature in educational psychology in order to make informed decisions about intervention approaches and techniques;
  • conduct independent enquiries in psychology and education; and
  • prepare a comprehensive research design (no change)
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Related Course(s): Doctor of Educational Psychology
Master of Educational Psychology
Master of Educational Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy

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