This is the ISN Graduate Program course information page for Semester 2 2021.
In Psychology Statistics, students will be provided with an introduction to the fundamental areas of statistics as applied to psychology. Topics explored in this unit include: probability and hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and, using statistics to make inferences about one, two, or more than two populations. Furthermore, this unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and application of current statistical software programs to various psychological research data sets and the ability to calculate and interpret statistical data.
- Unit Coordinator: Jian Chen
In Psychology Research Methods, students will be provided with a detailed overview of research methodology and inferential data analysis in psychology research. This unit will critically overview the main research designs used in psychology, and students will be introduced to a range of advanced data analysis techniques such as analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation and regression, and factor analysis.
- Unit Coordinator: Jian Chen
Abnormal Psychology will introduce students to psychopathology and will focus on several areas including description, classification, epidemiology, aetiology, assessment, and knowledge about intervention. Students will be introduced to the concepts of normality and abnormality, and to the advantages and limitations of the diagnostic and classification systems in order to help them develop an ability to discuss critical issues associated with professional and societal approaches to people experiencing mental illness.
- Unit Coordinator: Lorena Villalon
Learning and Motivation explores the basic principles that underpin behaviour. Students will be introduced to the main theories and research underlying learning and how motivation can affect behaviour, with a focus on behaviourist and cognitivist theories. Behavioural experiments in non-human animals will be used to explore fundamental concepts and principles of learning, such as Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, habituation, sensitisation, motivations, emotion, memory and forgetting. Furthermore, learning and motivation, within the context of understanding and explaining human behaviour and disorders, will also be covered in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator: Nicola Read
Basics of Psychological Assessment introduces students to the fundamentals of psychological measurement and assessment. This unit will explore the range of psychological assessments currently used in Australia and provide an in-depth study of a current assessment tool in each of the following psychological domains: personality, intelligence, psychopathology, and organisational selection. The assessment process and important principles of measurement will also be covered in this unit, along with the challenges involved in psychological assessment. A particular focus is placed on exploring the cultural influence on testing and the use of culturally appropriate measurement and assessment tools.
- Unit Coordinator: Senay Hasan