HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PSY1HPM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the philosophical, historical and methodological foundations of psychology providing them with a solid basis for understanding the nature of theoretical development of the discipline. This outcome is achieved by critically examining how theories are developed and used in psychology and examining how these theories are operationalised in experimental contexts. In teams, students will be required to develop and operationalise their own research question and present the results of this enquiry to the class.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY11PSA, PSY1PSA, PSY1PYA, PSY12PSB, PSY1PSB, PSY1PYB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and use appropriate information sources to support an oral and written argument with appropriate formatting and referencing schemes acceptable to international standards..

Activities:
Task: Use library resources, search databases and access journal articles in order to provide reference information for a Discussion and Display Poster (DDP) and written argument Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Critique provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report. Summative: A mark for use of references is built into marking criteria for written assessments and the DDP (approximately 10% for each piece of assessment).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Design and conduct a basic research study on a behavioural phenomenon of their choice as a part of a team and present this for discussion with peers.

Activities:
Task: Part 1; Provide a rationale and develop an aim, hypothesis and design an investigation to examine a behavioural phenomenon related to a current area of investigation in Psychology. In a team, students will present an electronic poster (DDP) for discussion and feedback (Approximately 500 words). Part 2: Students will then individually analyse, interpret and present statistical data, and critically discuss the findings to form a conclusion. They will be expected to comment on the reliability and validity of such data in making that conclusion Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Critique provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate and critically analyse the research design, analysis and interpretation of a basic investigation in Psychology.

Activities:
Task: Analyse the outcome of statistical analysis for methodological issues and suggest future directions for further research. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Critique (DDP) provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contribute to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop a logical and well supported conclusion for their written assessments based on empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Critique provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contribute to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Apply the ethical guidelines governing psychological practice and research, and demonstrate this by their own appropriate academic conduct (e.g. avoiding plagiarism and collusion)

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions10% DDP Task; 35% Laboratory Report. Summative: Examination questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Apply the understanding of the historical, philosophical and methodological foundations of Psychology to contexts beyond those of psychology itself.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions (approximately 2000 words).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 10-minute group poster presentation (equiv. to 500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
one 1500-word laboratory report35 01, 03, 04, 06
one 2-hour examination45 06, 07
one 500-word research critique10 01, 03, 04, 06

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 10-minute group poster presentation (equiv. to 500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
one 1500-word laboratory report35 01, 03, 04, 06
one 2-hour examination45 06, 07
one 500-word research critique10 01, 03, 04, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 10-minute group poster presentation (equiv. to 500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
one 1500-word laboratory report35 01, 03, 04, 06
one 2-hour examination45 06, 07
one 500-word research critique10 01, 03, 04, 06