Introduction to Research Methods

PSY10005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an understanding of different research designs and research methods for psychology and health sciences. Students will gain familiarity with the scientific method, ethical issues in research, measurement, experimental research, survey research, qualitative research and mixed methods research. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant knowledge in the selection and evaluation of research designs and methods and how to collect data that will address specific research questions.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Define the scientific method and scientific thinking principles.
2. Apply knowledge of ethical issues in research.
3. Describe the main concepts of measurement and various sampling methods.
4. Explain the general concept of an experiment and a quasi-experiment and outline uses of these designs in research.
5. Contrast a range of research designs and methods and be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method.
6. Select appropriate research designs and research methods to address hypothetical and real world problems

Courses with unit

BA-PSY Bachelor of Psychological Sciences – on campus and OUA delivery
BA-PSYS Bachelor of Psychological Sciences – SOL delivery
BH-PSY Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Standard entry
BA-HSC1 Bachelor of Health Science
BA-HSCPROF Bachelor of Health Science (Professional)
BA-BEHS2 Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, OUA only
BA-SSCPSY2S Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) SOL, final intake 2016.
BA-SSS Bachelor of Social Science – SOL delivery