CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC20044 Applied Positive Psychology Project A
Applied Positive Psychology Project A
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General Information

Overview

Applied Positive Psychology Project A is the first of two integrated units. In these units, you will plan and design a research project - either a research study or systematic review - in an applied positive psychology/wellbeing and/or resilience-related field. Under the supervision of a qualified Academic supervisor, you will develop a research project proposal. This will involve undertaking (i) a preliminary literature review to identify and support your proposal; and (ii) developing a project plan, including proposed Methods, Data Collection and Analysis sections. As part of the unit, you will also complete a relevant ethics application for a proposed project. In the unit Applied Positive Psychology Project B (PSYC20045), which is Stage 2 of the process, following proposal approval, you will undertake your research study or systematic review.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 0
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: PSYC20036; PSYC20037; PSYC20038; PSYC20039; PSYC20040; PSYC20041; PSYC20042; PSYC20043

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 0-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 0 hours of study per week, making a total of 0 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Research Proposal
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback (evaluations).

Feedback

Students felt that the unit was well coordinated, with clear requirements for each assessment task.

Recommendation

The unit should retain its structure, including assessment requirements.

Feedback from Student feedback (evaluations).

Feedback

Students felt that they were supported by their research project supervisors.

Recommendation

Students should continue to work with at least one project supervisor with oversight from the Unit Coordinator.

Feedback from Student feedback (evaluations).

Feedback

Students appreciated the detailed and constructive feedback on their research proposal from two independent assessors.

Recommendation

The unit should continue the procedure of having independent staff members review students' research proposals.

Feedback from Student feedback (evaluations).

Feedback

One student indicated that they were unable to access library resources specific to their project.

Recommendation

The teaching team should work with students to make them aware of library resources available to students such as Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and ethical approaches from relevant research domains to develop a proposal for an applied Positive Psychology research project
  2. Apply critical evaluation skills to identify and evaluate relevant research literature for a research project
  3. Complete a relevant research ethics application for a project.

N/A - the Master of Applied Positive Psychology has no accreditation requirements.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Research Proposal - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Seventh Edition (2019)

Authors: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Washington, DC Washington, DC , DC , United States
ISBN: 978-1433832161
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

There are no prescribed textbooks for this unit. However, the APA Publication Manual is a very useful resource for scholarly communication, writing up of a research study, and accurate referencing.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Adam Gerace Unit Coordinator
a.gerace@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Liaise with Supervisor to plan research project and literature search.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom Tutorial: Week 1 Monday (8 Mar 2021) 6:30-8:00 pm AEDT

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Commence research proposal and literature search.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Continue work on proposal and literature search.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Continue work on proposal. Finalise research questions/hypotheses, and work on design/methodology.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom Tutorial: Week 4 Monday (29 Mar 2021) 6:30-8:00 pm AEST

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Continue work on proposal and design/methodology, and begin ethics application.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Finalise proposal draft for submission to supervisor.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit proposal draft to Supervisor.

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Incorporate feedback from supervisor into final thesis proposal for independent assessment in Week 8.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom Tutorial: Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 6:30-8:00 pm AEST

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Incorporate feedback from supervisor into final thesis proposal for independent assessment in Week 8.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Refine ethics application. Commence more extensive literature review and/or consideration of methodology/search strategy.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Final thesis proposal and Student Progress Report due.


Research Project Research Proposal Due: Week 8 Monday (3 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Refine ethics application. Continue literature review and methodology.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Supervisor Progress Report due.

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Supervisor and Proposal Assessor to provide Thesis Proposal feedback for integration into proposal.


Incorporate feedback into research proposal. Refine ethics application.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Incorporate feedback and refine literature review. Commence outline for Introduction and Methods sections of your thesis.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Incorporate feedback and continue drafting Introduction and Methods sections.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Ethics submission due in Moodle. If Supervisor permission to submit ethics application to the Ethics Committee is received earlier, submission can occur earlier.


Ethics Application Due: Week 12 Monday (31 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Incorporate feedback and continue drafting Introduction and Methods sections.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Proposal resubmission due (if required).

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Refine literature review and continue drafting Introduction and Methods sections.

Chapter

All resources, including notes, videos, and activities, are available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Research Proposal

Assessment Title
Research Project Research Proposal

Task Description

For this assessment, you are required to complete a 2000 word (+/- 10%) proposal for a research project - either a research study or systematic review.

The research proposal will clearly justify why the project would be important to implement (i.e., it is a meaningful and important gap in the literature, and extends the research knowledge in the study area of interest). Your proposal will include: Background (of the relevant prior research in the area of interest), proposed Methods, Data Collection and Analysis sections, and examination of ethical issues and potential risks.

Further task details for the research proposal, including structure and exemplars, will be available on the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (3 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Monday (17 May 2021)

Feedback and grade for this assessment will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

The project proposal is a non-graded Pass/Fail assessment item. However, in order to be enrolled in the subsequent Applied Positive Psychology Project B (PSYC20045), where you will complete the next stage of your project, your supervisor and the Unit Co-ordinator must pass the proposal.

Your submitted research proposal will be evaluated by your supervisor and an independent assessor who will provide feedback, required/suggested changes, and any recommendations regarding the project. You will be awarded either a Pass, a Resubmit, or a Discontinue grade by your supervisor and the assigned proposal assessor. A Pass requires no changes to the proposal. Where further details are needed to clarify the intent and suitability of the proposed project, you will be invited to resubmit your proposal. In an instance where your supervisor cannot support the continuation of the proposed project, and the recommendation of the independent assessor is that the project will discontinue, you will be notified that the proposal has failed to be supported and you cannot enroll in Applied Positive Psychology Project B (PSYC20045) for that year.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
A submission portal will be provided in in the Assessment section of the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply knowledge and ethical approaches from relevant research domains to develop a proposal for an applied Positive Psychology research project
  • Apply critical evaluation skills to identify and evaluate relevant research literature for a research project
  • Complete a relevant research ethics application for a project.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Ethics Application

Task Description

For this assessment, you are required to complete an ethics application for the proposed research project.

You will complete an ethics application that is either submitted to the relevant ethics committee for approval (if approval is required for your study), or a completed ethics application that is submitted to your supervisor and the Unit Coordinator (if approval is not required).


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (31 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Submission to the Ethics Committee can occur earlier if approved by Supervisor.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (14 Jun 2021)

Unit Co-ordinator will award a Pass mark for this assessment piece on submission of the application.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

The ethics application is a non-graded Pass/Fail assessment item. However, in order to be enrolled in the subsequent Applied Positive Psychology Project B (PSYC20045), where you will complete the next stage of your project, an ethics application must be completed to the satisfaction of your supervisor/Unit co-ordinator.

Your supervisor will review your ethics application and give feedback before you submit the application to the relevant ethics committee or through the Moodle site. Before data collection for a research study can commence, the CQU Ethics Committee must approve your application.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
A submission portal will be provided in in the Assessment section of the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply knowledge and ethical approaches from relevant research domains to develop a proposal for an applied Positive Psychology research project
  • Complete a relevant research ethics application for a project.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.