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PSY 934 – Dissertation

2017 – FY1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Maria Kangas
Credit points Credit points
8
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MClinPsych and PSY933
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
PSY933 is the compulsory prerequisite for this unit. This unit (PSY934) involves the conduct of research appropriate to the discipline of clinical psychology, and requires the submission of a piece of research in the form of a journal article, usually of around 5000-8000 words plus a literature review in the form of a critical review paper (5000 – 8000 words). The two papers are submitted together for external marking.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  2. Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Literature Review Paper 50% 20th October 2017
Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper 50% No 20th October 2017

Literature Review Paper

Due: 20th October 2017
Weighting: 50%

Literature review paper is expected to be written in journal format (max 5000 - 8000 words)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

Due: 20th October 2017
Weighting: 50%

Empirical paper needs to be presented in journal format (Max. 5000 - 8000 words). 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Delivery and Resources

For PSY934 - there are no timetables seminars.

Students are expected to be supervised by their nominated Research Supervisor. 

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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 (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

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

Student Code of Conduct

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

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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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

  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment tasks

  • Literature Review Paper
  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

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

  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment tasks

  • Literature Review Paper
  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

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

  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment tasks

  • Literature Review Paper
  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

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

  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment tasks

  • Literature Review Paper
  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

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

  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment task

  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Writing a literature review in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.
  • Following ethics approval, conducting an empirical project relevant for clinical psychology; Writing an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

Assessment tasks

  • Literature Review Paper
  • Empirical Thesis/Journal Paper