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PSYC22003 - Thesis I

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide supervision and knowledge necessary for developing and finalising a thesis proposal. It is also intended to help the student inculcate research skills necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

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 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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 12-credit Postgraduate 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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 evaluations
Feedback
Student resources all need to be available through Moodle (i.e. Thesis Manual and ethics documents) rather than the specific University drive, for easier student access.
Recommendation
All documents needed by students will be available on the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
All documents are available on the unit Moodle site, with additional relevant documents uploaded as they become available (e.g. a document which details changes from APA6 to APA7 formatting requirements).
Source: Students evaluations
Feedback
The list of supervisors listed in the Manual was out of date.
Recommendation
The list of available supervisors will be updated annually.
Action Taken
The supervisor list was updated this year and will need to be updated prior to the release of the manual each year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students would like more interaction with the unit coordinator, and their cohort.
Recommendation
Begin running a fortnightly drop-in session where students can access the unit coordinator, and other students, via Zoom. For students who can't attend the session, a fortnightly summary may be included on the News Forum on the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some incorrect information in the Thesis Manual, particularly related to submission dates.
Recommendation
All errors will be corrected, and dates will be in line with information provided in the Unit Profile.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
More resources should be made available to students to assist in the preparation of the assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Make multiple, helpful resources available on the Moodle - for example, statistical analysis guides or links to online training in research skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilise research knowledge and skills applicable to working from a Scientist - Practitioner base as a clinical psychologist.
  2. Apply systematic inquiry skills to clinical problems including problem identification, and the acquisition, organisation, and interpretation of information to allow critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous, careful and scientific inquiry of the psychological phenomena.
  3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to clinical practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.
  4. Demonstrate a high level knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative design and methods, including the systematic collection of data and the subsequent skilled analysis of data allowing accurate interpretation of findings.
  5. Utilise skills of critical evaluation to identify and analyse research literature.
  6. Incorporate a knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.
  7. Apply high level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Each of the learning objectives is linked to current external accreditation guidelines and reflect a course ethos on developing scientist-practitioners.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
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