PSYC20061 - Research Project: Systematic Review

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Evidence-based practice is integrated throughout the entire Master of Professional Psychology and Master of Public Health. It is essential you establish and evaluate your therapeutic/health practice based on scientific research. This unit will equip you with knowledge and skills related to conducting a systematic review. First you will utilise an acceptable framework such as PICO (problem, intervention, comparison and outcome) to develop a research question. In the next step you will implement the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) protocol to conduct a systematic review.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Literature Review or Systematic Review 70%

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

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Previous Feedback

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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: Student feedback "Have your say" and Unit Coordinator feedback.
Feedback
Students indicated it would have been helpful to know some of the required concepts prior to the start of term to increase understanding.
Recommendation
Topics related to systematic reviews and skills such as the use of Endnote to be included in a Term 1 unit to assist with building student capacity in preparation for this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say" and verbal feedback provided to Head of Course.
Feedback
Students suggested systematic review supervisor and Unit Coordinator have more discussion prior to term to ensure both agree on expectations.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to make contact with potential supervisors early in Term 1 and arrange a zoom meeting to discuss expectations.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal feedback
Feedback
Provision of clearer direction regarding what was group work and what was individual.
Recommendation
Marking rubrics will be altered to further identify individual and group components. Discussion will also occur very early in term regarding time frames for the completion of various parts of the assessment to assist students in remaining on track and supporting their partner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply an acceptable framework such as PICO (problem, intervention, comparison, outcome) to develop a research question
  2. Implement the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) protocol to produce a systematic review
  3. Communicate high level evaluation, and synthesis of a specific body of research through the use of systematic review processes.

Applicable to Master of Professional Psychology: Learning outcomes are related to core competencies stated by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), program of study criteria as stated by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and specifications for study at level 9 as indicated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review