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PSYN825 – Research Proposal

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Greg Savage
Credit points Credit points
8
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to DClinNeuro or MClinNeuro
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
In this unit, students work with an individual supervisor to formulate a project proposal which is presented to the class for critical review, and following any necessary amendments, a formal 2000-3000 word proposal is submitted. The topic chosen is intended to be related to clinical neuropsychology however the supervisor may be any member of staff in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or external to Macquarie (with co-supervision from a Psychology/Cognitive Science staff member). Students also complete an on-line ethics awareness module.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  2. Gain appreciation of a wide variety of research methods presented across the class
  3. Gain appreciation of ethical issues central to research
  4. Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Presentation of proposal 50% throughout Semester 2
NIH ethics module 0% 17/11/17
Submission of formal proposal 50% 17/11/17

Presentation of proposal

Due: throughout Semester 2
Weighting: 50%

25 minute talks to the class outlining the rationale, hypotheses and methods proposed for the MClinNeuro research project


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  • Gain appreciation of a wide variety of research methods presented across the class
  • Gain appreciation of ethical issues central to research

NIH ethics module

Due: 17/11/17
Weighting: 0%

The NIH online ethics module outlines a history of ethical issues in research and requires successful quiz performances throughout. Students email their individualised completion certificate.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain appreciation of a wide variety of research methods presented across the class
  • Gain appreciation of ethical issues central to research

Submission of formal proposal

Due: 17/11/17
Weighting: 50%

Submission of a formal proposal, having refined the initial proposal based on class/supervisor discussions. It should be around 8 pages, double-spaced.

 

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Delivery and Resources

No specific delivery or resources identified.

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  • Gain appreciation of ethical issues central to research
  • Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation of proposal
  • NIH ethics module
  • Submission of formal proposal

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  • Gain appreciation of a wide variety of research methods presented across the class
  • Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation of proposal
  • NIH ethics module
  • Submission of formal proposal

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  • Gain appreciation of a wide variety of research methods presented across the class
  • Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation of proposal
  • NIH ethics module
  • Submission of formal proposal

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Clearly explain the rationale behind, and methodology used, in their initial proposal for the MClinNeuro research project
  • Refine research plans following class presentation and discussion

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation of proposal
  • Submission of formal proposal

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Gain appreciation of ethical issues central to research

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation of proposal
  • NIH ethics module

Changes since First Published

Date Description
24/07/2017 Corrections made to due dates for assessments.