Research Project (Clinical) H1
Unit code: HAYC770
|Credit points||25 Credit Points|
1 semester / teaching period
|Contact hours||See Teaching Method|
A unit of study in the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program.
Aims and objectives
These units are designed to enhance students’ awareness of the importance of a scientific research base for clinical psychology, to consolidate students’ practical understanding of research methods in clinical psychology, and to contribute to the research program of the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences.
Individual 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.
The assessment requirements for the sequence of eight research units are designed to culminate in a major empirical thesis 70-100,000 words. The thesis will be an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the Clinical Psychology field. In this unit, students finalise their thesis for submission. The unit is graded Pass/Fail dependent upon satisfactory progress.
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 70-100,000 words. The full thesis submitted for examination is the output of this unit.
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