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PSYC8990 – Clinical Psychology Research Proposal

2021 – Session 2, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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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
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MClinPsych and (PSY863 or PSYC8863)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit is offered on a pass/fail basis. This unit covers the initial preparatory components for conducting an empirical project as well as a literature review paper with clinical psychology relevance. This unit is the compulsory pre-requisite for Unit Codes: PSYC8991 and PSYC8992 (Research Dissertation Units - Parts 1 and 2). Content in this unit will cover efficient methods for reviewing relevant literature. Students will also be required to present their research design formulation in an interactive format and work on fine-tuning it in preparation for ethics submission. Students will be required to work with a member of staff who will be their assigned research supervisor for this unit and the subsequent dissertation units, PSYC8991 and PSYC8992.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Conduct a critical evaluation of theories and empirical studies for a particular population/ topic relevant to clinical psychology which will inform the literature review paper and empirical paper.
  • ULO2: Produce the first complete draft of the literature review paper to be presented in journal format.
  • ULO3: Design an empirical project with consultation from assigned research supervisor and which will form the basis of the empirical paper.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical considerations and processes necessary for appropriate conduct of research.

General Assessment Information

This unit covers the initial preparatory components for conducting an empirical project as well as a literature review paper with clinical psychology relevance. This unit is the compulsory prerequisite for Unit Codes: PSYC8991 and PSYC8992 (Research Dissertation Units – Parts 1 and 2). Content in this unit will cover efficient methods for reviewing relevant literature. Students will also be required to present their research design formulation in an interactive format and work on fine-tuning it in preparation for ethics submission. Students will be required to work with a member of staff (from the Department of Psychology) who will be their assigned research supervisor for this unit and the subsequent dissertation units, PSYC8991 and PSYC8992.

Late Submissions

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

Late submissions, without an approved extension, will not be accepted. Hence it is imperative that students supervisors confirm that the student has completed both the assessment requirements for this unit by the due date - 1st November, 2021, by emailing the unit convenor at maria.kangas@mq.edu.au. 

 

Grades for Written Assessment Tasks

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

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research proposal 50% Yes 1st November 2021
Draft literature review 50% Yes 1st November 2021

Research proposal

Assessment Type 1: Plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 1st November 2021
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

The student is expected to receive input from their research supervisor in developing a suitable, feasible research project. This project proposal will include either preparing a new ethics application, or reviewing the pre-existing ethics application in line with the student's project.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conduct a critical evaluation of theories and empirical studies for a particular population/ topic relevant to clinical psychology which will inform the literature review paper and empirical paper.
  • Design an empirical project with consultation from assigned research supervisor and which will form the basis of the empirical paper.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical considerations and processes necessary for appropriate conduct of research.

Draft literature review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 1st November 2021
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

The student must submit a draft of a literature review (approximately 5000 words) that will form the basis of the final literature review paper submitted in PSYC8991.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conduct a critical evaluation of theories and empirical studies for a particular population/ topic relevant to clinical psychology which will inform the literature review paper and empirical paper.
  • Produce the first complete draft of the literature review paper to be presented in journal format.
  • Design an empirical project with consultation from assigned research supervisor and which will form the basis of the empirical paper.

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 is one - two hour introductory seminar (Week 1) to attend, as well as one full day workshop (Week 4) scheduled for this unit. Attendance to both the seminar and workshop are compulsory. Students will be required to work closely with their designated research supervisor for the rest of the session to meet the assessment requirements for this unit

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

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Results

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