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In this unit we look in detail at what makes Psychology a science and the methods psychologists use to scientifically study thinking and behaviour.

This unit should take you about 12 hours to complete.

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By the end of this unit, you should be able to:
  • Define the scientific method
  • Define and describe the characteristics of a scientific theory, explaining how theories are tested by research
  • Compare and contrast descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs
  • Outline the principles of ethical psychological research and explain how the rights of participants (human and animal) are protected
  • Apply what you have learned to critically evaluate real-world psychological research