Research Project (Clinical) G1
Unit code: HAYC670
|Credit points||25 Credit Points|
|Duration||1 semester / teaching period|
|Contact hours||1 Hour fortnightly meeting or equivalent with supervisor|
Related course(s)A unit of study in the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program.
Aims and objectives
• Skills in literature searching, plus review and integration of psychological literature.
• High level integration of relevant research literature.
Teaching methodsIndividual supervision. Students are provided with a detailed course manual which contains information to assist them in meeting the specific requirements of this research-based unit of study.
AssessmentThe assessment requirements for the sequence of research units are designed to culminate in a major empirical thesis of 40,000 to 60,000 words. In this unit students are required to complete a draft of all introductory chapters at a satisfactory standard.
Generic skills outcomes
Graduates are capable in their chosen profession:
- Able to gather information systematically from a range of sources.
- Have highly developed verbal and written skills.
- A capacity to engage in informed critical enquiry and social debate.
- A capacity to present research to a range of audiences.
- A capacity to use statistical and/or qualitative data analysis techniques at a high level.
- Understand basic principles of measurement in psychology and can apply these principles to research.
Graduates are adaptable and work effectively and ethically:
- Communicate effectively with professionals and the community.
- Understand, and are committed to, professional and ethical principles.
- Adaptable, flexible, open to new ideas and able to manage change.
- Able to work across a variety of situations with a variety of people.
- Recognise the need for life long learning.
Graduates are aware of environments:
- Are culturally sensitive, with a respect for multiple points of view.
The content of the research units varies according to the particular research project and the supervisor-supervisee working relationship. Within the supervison sessions it is expected that the supervisor will suggest reading materials, discuss reading and conceptual ideas, work with the student to plan the research project, give assistance with development or selection of appropriate measures and methodologies, give guidance with respect to ethics applications, data analysis and writing the thesis. It is expected that the student will read extensively, engage in high level conceptual analysis of written material and present that analysis in written form, plan an independent original empirical research project, present the project plan for feedback to a group of staff and students, negotiate all ethical approvals and permissions necessary for the study to proceed, recruit study participants, collate and analyse data, and develop the project into a written thesis of 40,000 to 60,000 words.
Reading materialsReading materials will vary according to the project. Some useful texts on thesis writing are as follows.
American Psychological Association, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edn, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2001.
Dunleavy, P, Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or PhD, Plagrave MacMillan, New York, 2003.
Oliver, P, Writing your thesis, London, Sage, London, 2004.
Thomas, RM, Avoiding thesis and dissertation pitfalls: 61 cases of problems and solutions, Bergin & Garvey Westport, Conn., 2001.