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PSYC22001 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
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General Information


This unit is intended to provide you with specific knowledge in critical thinking and research skills at an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Accreditation Standards Level 4, which represents professional and specialised areas of practice competencies necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. Your engagement with this unit will contribute to the formation of a strong scientist-practitioner foundation and focuses on building your competency in the development and evaluation of research in clinical psychology.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

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 - 2022

Mixed Mode

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 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 25%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
4. Presentation
Weighting: 25%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

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


The self-paced workbooks supported independent learning, related well to the class content, consolidated learning, and will be a good resource for future research needs.


Continue to embed the self-paced workbooks into the unit content and process.

Feedback from Student feedback


Suggestion for creation of a student resource sharing space. Examples of material that might be shared included PowerPoint slides from student presentations and a dynamic document to record shared lexicon as learning expands throughout the duration of the unit.


Explicitly encourage students to utilise the Moodle News Forum and Unit Microsoft Teams space as an avenue for ongoing discourse throughout the unit.

Feedback from Student feedback


The critical appraisals were useful assessment tasks; however, some more examples and critical appraisal resources would be useful. Additionally, timing between lecture content and appraisal tasks could be revisited.


Recommend revision of the timing between content delivery and assessment to identify potential areas for improvement with respect to student engagement, while retaining the problem based learning element within this unit.

Feedback from Student feedback


The unit content and pace of delivery worked well and were sufficiently challenging to promote learning growth. Similarly, the assessment tasks were well paced and related well to the learning outcomes.


Maintain key aspects of unit content and teaching approach, with consideration for improvements based on student feedback. Retain the current assessment protocols.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for research design and analysis in clinical psychology
  2. Communicate advanced knowledge of research methods through the critical appraisal of psychological research literature in oral and written format
  3. Conduct empirically rigorous research relevant to the field of clinical psychology, with considerations of relevant ethical standards and cultural sensitivity.

These learning outcomes are intended to link with the CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology course learning outcome "Plan, conduct, and report on research in Clinical Psychology" (Learning Outcome number 5). The PSYC22001 Learning Outcomes align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation guidelines for Level 4 Graduate Competencies (clinical psychology guidelines 4.2.2 and 4.2.3), which are specific to research in clinical psychology and include the critical evaluation of scientific literature and investigation of research questions in psychology. 

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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 25%
4 - Presentation - 25%

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
Textbooks and Resources



Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics 5th Edition (2017)

Authors: Field, A.
Sussex Sussex , UK
ISBN: 978-1-526-41952-1
Binding: Paperback

Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners 3rd Edition (2016)

Authors: Barker, C. Pistrang, N., & Elliott, R.
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1-118-77320-8
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • SPSS version 25 or 26
Academic Integrity Statement

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