PSYC14052 - Psychology Research Project B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Psychology Research Project B is the second of two units designed to introduce you to the process of undertaking research in the Psychology discipline. Over the two units, you will independently undertake a scholarly investigation, under the supervision of a qualified supervisor within the Psychology discipline. The purpose of the Research Project B unit is to provide you the opportunity to conduct the project proposed in Psychology Research Project A (PSYC14051). Throughout this unit you will conduct the investigation proposed in Term 1 and develop an independent scholarly report based on this investigation. Your final thesis submission will comprise an empirical journal style paper report based on the findings of your specific research project. Successful completion of this unit requires that Psychology Research Project A and Psychology Research Project B are undertaken in two consecutive University terms (e.g. Term 1 and Term 2, or Term 2 and Term 3).

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Course (CC42).

Prerequisite:  PSYC14051 Psychology Research Project A

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 11.36% response rate.

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.

Source: Students Staff External consultation with other heads of course at South Australian Universities
Feedback
Consider moving from a literature review plus empirical report (two components of thesis) to one empirical report for submission.
Recommendation
Unit change proposal to amend assessment item for PSYC14052 will be completed for the 2020 offering.
Action Taken
The thesis structure was changed from a literature review plus empirical report to a single empirical report. This change was positively received by both students and supervisors, although an unexpected consequence was that many empirical reports need to be shortened quite a bit before being suitable for journal submission.
Source: Informal emails, evaluations, student drop-in sessions
Feedback
Make the assignment guidelines and resources more accessible
Recommendation
The content for assignment guidelines and resources will be divided into smaller sections and presented as text, pages, and resources on different sections of Moodle.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Supervisor feedback, student emails
Feedback
There is a large amount of unnecessary contact between students and College of Psychology staff (supervisors) prior to the start of the term.
Recommendation
Contact with supervisors prior to term will be made optional but encouraged.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student progress report, student emails
Feedback
Students reported needing and receiving a high level of support from Unit Coordinators and supervisors.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinators will continue to engage with College of Psychology and external supervising staff (supervisors) to ensure they have up-to-date training, clear expectations for supervision, and the workload consideration to continue to provide high level supervision for the students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student and supervisor emails and forum posts
Feedback
Students and supervisors identified that individual students may need different data analytic programs depending on what analyses they are conducting, but that there is no clear avenue for accessing such programs.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinators will work with other Honours and Research Coursework Unit Coordinators across the University to establish, where possible, an avenue for allowing students short-term access to software licenses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design and execute a research project incorporating the key research steps, including the formulation of research question/s, the analysis of data to test the research question/s, and the interpretation of the findings
  2. Prepare a research project report that includes research question/s, empirical literature review, data analysis, reporting of results and discussion.

The purpose of the two-term long Psychology Research Project (A & B) is to provide you with training in developing, conducting, and communicating research across theoretical and applied domains. This requires you to undertake an investigation of a research question in psychology and to report the investigation in written scholarly form. The research question will be of theoretical or applied significance to an area of psychology and the investigation and subsequent dissertation will be carried out under the principal supervision of a member of the psychology staff.

The thesis is an individual research project where the expectation is that you, with advice from your supervisor(s), will be responsible for, and participate in, all steps of the investigation and reporting.

Successful completion of this unit requires that Psychology Research Project A and Psychology Research Project B are undertaken in two consecutive University terms (e.g. Term 1 and Term 2, or Term 2 and Term 3).

Learning outcomes fulfill the level 2 pre-professional core competencies required by the updated Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines, specifically 2.5: Investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology. The unit also meets the study criteria as specified by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as appropriate for study at level 8 as stated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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