PSYC22001 - Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.00% 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
Request that video materials associated with the unit be available for download
Ensure that students are able to access all relevant unit materials via Moodle.
Action Taken
Students were able to access all relevant unit materials via Moodle
Source: Student Feedback
A desire for usage of consistent terminology throughout the unit and reference materials
Endeavour to clearly define concepts discussed throughout the unit and use consistent terminology across different learning materials.
Action Taken
Consistent terminology was used when discussing concepts throughout the unit
Source: Student Feedback
Some students felt that the unit could be improved by directly linking content with tasks and goals of the thesis
The unit was not intended to address the requirements and goals of the thesis component. The unit is now being terminated so no changes are required.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Presentation
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 8