Introduction to Research Methods

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


  • 1 Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020 

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2 Teaching Period 3

6 Jul 20 - 4 Oct 20

27 Oct 20

Last self enrolment:
19 Jul 20

31 Jul 20

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20

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