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.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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%).

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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 85.71% 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
Feedback
Timely return of assignments with specific feedback files was helpful.
Recommendation
Continue timely return of assignments with individualised feedback.
Action Taken
Timely return of assignments with individualised feedback was continued as best practice approach.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There was an over-emphasis on quantitative research versus qualitative. It would be helpful to see what types of research students are conducting in their thesis and adjust the subject appropriately to meet the needs of the students.
Recommendation
The unit includes both quantitative and qualitative methods. This aims to cover all the methodology used by students in their theses. However the unit is intended to have a broader focus on research methods that students are likely to encounter as consumers of research throughout their career. It is recommended that a specific discussion about the aims and focus of the unit is included in the first lecture to ensure students are well-oriented to the unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Dedicated time was set-aside in the first lecture of the unit to ensure students were well-oriented to the updated unit learning outcomes. It is noted that the 2020 iteration of this unit underwent considerable change in response to student feedback in previous years. This included providing students with a balanced and comprehensive overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and approaches. During the online residential component attached to this unit students participated in a real-life experience of a qualitative research method.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There was not enough focus on ensuring that all students were on the same page - students were all at different levels of research methods knowledge.
Recommendation
One of the assessment tasks will be revised to become a self-paced workbook where students demonstrate knowledge of research methods, with ongoing monitoring by the lecturer. This is aimed to ensure student progress despite different base levels of knowledge.
Action Taken
The self-paced workbooks were created and embedded into the unit for 2020. As planned, the lecturer regularly monitored these and provided support where required. According to student feedback these workbooks positively supported learning, which suggests inclusion in upcoming iterations of this unit should be continued.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Continue to embed the self-paced workbooks into the unit content and process.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Explicitly encourage students to utilise the Moodle News Forum and Unit Microsoft Teams space as an avenue for ongoing discourse throughout the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Maintain key aspects of unit content and teaching approach, with consideration for improvements based on student feedback. Retain the current assessment protocols.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Presentation