PSYC20061 - Research Evaluation for Psychology Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Evidence-based practice is integrated throughout the entire Master of Professional Psychology and Master of Public Health and aligns with the scientist-practitioner model. It is essential that you establish and evaluate your therapeutic/health practice based on scientific research. This unit will equip you with knowledge and skills related to research evaluation. First you will develop an individual research question relevant to the practice of psychology and develop a plan for evaluating your research question using existing data. In the next step you will implement your research plan and complete a substantive piece of writing to a standard that would be suitable for publication.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

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. Research Proposal 30%
2. Written Assessment 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 19.61% 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: 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
Topics related to systematic reviews and relevant skills were included in a Term 1 unit for MPP students.
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
Supervisors were invited to take part early in Term 1, and a Zoom meeting was held to discuss roles and procedures.
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
Supervisors were sent advance copies of the assessment tasks and the GANTT chart, detailing timelines. A supervisors report, worth 10% of the assessment mark was provided for feedback about individual students.
Source: Verbal feedback from students and feedback from Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
Students felt that the unit tasks built upon their existing research skills and improved confidence.
Recommendation
Continue approach to develop existing research skills and support student learning and confidence.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal feedback from students and feedback from Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
Students suggested the size of the systematic review was difficult to complete within one term and may not be relevant to professional work.
Recommendation
Systematic review assessment task will be reviewed to reduce workload and improve relevance to professional practice. Students will also be given clearer explanation of the importance of evidence-based practice and the scientist-practitioner approach within psychology.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal feedback from students and supervisors, and feedback from Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
Students and supervisors requested more clarity about unit expectations and how the unit fits within the broader Master of Professional Psychology course.
Recommendation
Continue to meet with supervisors prior to the beginning of term to discuss expectations within the unit and include information for students to situate the unit within the broader Master of Professional Psychology Course.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the contemporary scientific literature to develop an appropriate research question and plan.
  2. Conduct a substantive individual research evaluation relevant to the practice of psychology, to a standard that would be suitable for publication.
  3. Communicate research professionally, ethically, and in a culturally appropriate manner.

Applicable to Master of Professional Psychology: Learning outcomes are related to core competencies specified 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 - Research Proposal
2 - Written Assessment
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 - Research Proposal
2 - Written Assessment