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PSYO8944 – Research Proposal

2021 – Session 1, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ben Searle
Mark Wiggins
Credit points Credit points
20
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MOrgPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit is designed to investigate and discuss conceptual, methodological, and procedural issues, enable the finalisation of project measures and procedures, complete a business research proposal, and complete and submit an application for ethics approval to conduct empirical research

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply ethical principles to research and the different research paradigms in organisational psychology.
  • ULO2: Distinguish between descriptive and experimental research.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic writing and data analysis.
  • ULO4: Develop a research proposal based on critical analysis of relevant literature.
  • ULO5: Prepare a research ethics application.
  • ULO6: Use oral and written communication to effectively communicate with peers.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Thesis proposal presentation 20% Yes In class (Workshop 2)
Ethics Application 30% Yes 9pm June 04
Industry Research Proposal 50% Yes 9pm June 04

Thesis proposal presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: In class (Workshop 2)
Weighting: 20%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Students have three minutes to formally present the most important aspects of the background, design, and contribution of their research projects.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop a research proposal based on critical analysis of relevant literature.
  • Use oral and written communication to effectively communicate with peers.

Ethics Application

Assessment Type 1: Professional writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 45 hours
Due: 9pm June 04
Weighting: 30%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Students will be required to complete and submit for approval, the Research Ethics Application Form


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply ethical principles to research and the different research paradigms in organisational psychology.
  • Prepare a research ethics application.

Industry Research Proposal

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 52 hours
Due: 9pm June 04
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

This 2000 word proposal involves the development of a research plan for an industry audience.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between descriptive and experimental research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic writing and data analysis.
  • Develop a research proposal based on critical analysis of relevant literature.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes are offered as workshops, beginning at 9.00am and concluding at or before 5.00pm. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Learning objectives and assessment activities are based on the requirement of a minimum 80% class attendance.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Learning objectives and assessment activities are based on the requirements of a minimum 80% class attendance.

If there are exceptional circumstances where a session must be missed, this will need to be arranged with the unit convener in advance. Failure to do so implies a lack of professionalism. Students who are absent for more than 20% of classes will be required to submit, as a minimum, a written essay or report of 2000 words on a topic related to content that was missed. All students with less than 80% attendance must meet this requirement. This provides an alternative and independently verifiable way of demonstrating competence that would normally be assessed in class. Prior to commencing such supplementary assignments, students must meet with the unit convener who will determine specific requirements, evaluation criteria, and deadlines. Substandard performance may result in a requested resubmission or the setting of alternative assignments.

Required and Recommended texts and/or materials

It is highly recommended that you obtain the following text:

American Psychological Association (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition). Washington, DC: Author.

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