PSYC8992 – Clinical Psychology Research Dissertation Part 2

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Maria Kangas
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(PSYC990 or PSYC8990) and (PSYC991 or PSYC8991)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit covers the completion of the Empirical thesis paper for which the design and ethics application were completed as part of PSY8990. This will be completed for on time submission under the direct supervision of their appointed Research supervisor from PSYC8990.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Design and conduct an empirical research project which has direct relevance for clinical psychology.
  • ULO2: Write an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

General Assessment Information

This unit covers the completion of the Clinical Psychology Empirical thesis paper for which the design and ethics application were completed as part of PSYC8990. This will be completed for on time submission under the direct supervision of their appointed Research supervisor from PSYC8990.


Late Submissions

Late submissions, without an approved extension, will receive a 5% per day penalty including weekends and public holidays. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. No further submissions will be accepted after the marked assignments are returned and feedback is released to students in 2021.

All extensions need to be formally requested via in line with the special consideration policy.

Word Count Penalty

5% of the possible mark will be deducted per 100 words over the word limit for written assessment tasks. An additional 99 words beyond the limit can be written without penalty.

Grades for Written Assessment Tasks

It is Psychology policy that letter grades, not numeric marks, are released for written assessment tasks.

DISSERTATION EXAMINATION: Your supervisor will arrange for two examiners (one must be external to the university (i.e., not employed by the Dept of Psychology or Faculty of Medical Health and Human Sciences inclusive of Postdocs. It is preferable BOTH examiners are external to the university ). At least 3 weeks prior to your submission of the project (by at least 29th September, 2021) you should remind your supervisor of the due date so that sufficient time is available to make examination arrangements. Complete the student section of the examiner nomination form (See Unit iLearn page) and send to your supervisor. This is particularly important because your dissertation is to be marked during the busy times of the year, notably late in second semester when the Honours theses are also being marked. Please carefully note the following process pertaining to the thesis examination– if there is any delay in assigning examiners for your thesis (which is the Research Supervisor’s responsibility to arrange), then this could likely lead to delays in receiving examiners reports back in a timely manner (i.e. – it is common in such cases for examiners reports to not be available until sometime in January or even February if students submitted their thesis by the October due date). This will have ramifications for applying for full registration if the thesis mark/grade is the final unit that needs to be finalized (i.e. you have completed all other course requirements for the MClinPsych degree). Unfortunately, even if examiners are assigned by the thesis submission date – it is beyond the MClinPsych staff’s control (inclusive of Research Supervisor) to guarantee that examiners reports will be ready before the end of the year (if students submit by the October due date). Although all efforts are made to remind examiners that reports are due within 1 month of receipt of thesis, unfortunately some examiners do take longer to examine the thesis – and sometimes are not available until 2-4 months later. For the above-mentioned reasons, students are NOT to assume - a) Examiners will automatically Pass the thesis; b) Thesis marks/grades will be ratified by December if they are submitting by the October due date; and c) Guarantee future employers that they will have met all course work requirements and are eligible for registration by the end of the year in which they submit the thesis for marking. Students cannot apply for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia until they have met ALL coursework requirements inclusive of the thesis – this means both the examiners reports must have been returned to the university, the thesis has been assessed at minimum Pass level, and all outstanding unit marks/grades have been ratified by the University.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Empirical Journal paper 100% No 20th October 2021

Empirical Journal paper

Assessment Type 1: Thesis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 70 hours
Due: 20th October 2021
Weighting: 100%


The empirical journal paper is a write-up of your empirical research as if it were to be submitted to a journal for publication. The paper should be a minimum of 5000 and not exceed 8000 words.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Design and conduct an empirical research project which has direct relevance for clinical psychology.
  • Write an empirical paper in journal format suitable for a psychology journal.

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

There are no formal seminars for this unit. Rather, students are required to be in regular contact with their designated research supervisor through the course of this year to ensure they meet the thesis requirements by the due date. Please also check Ilearn page for PSYC992 for regular updates.

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