PSYC22004 - Thesis II

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit, Thesis II, is the second of two research units that form the cornerstone of the research component of the Master of Clinical Psychology and follows from Thesis I (PSYC22003). In this unit, you will complete data collection and/or analysis, interpretation and scientific reporting for the thesis. You will work under supervision to finalise and submit your research thesis thereby developing the research skills necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist.


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

PSYC22003 Thesis I

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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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. Thesis/Dissertation 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% 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 email and feedback
Formatting specifications in the manual are still based on a printed version of the Thesis and need to be changed to specifications for an online thesis.
The Thesis Manual will be updated with this information in preparation for 2020.
Action Taken
The thesis manual was updated in 2020 to ensure that it was clear the thesis was not expected to be submitted in printed version.
Source: Supervisor and student feedback
The marking rubric for the Thesis is slightly confusing and needs to be clarified so it correctly reflects the method of weighted scoring used to achieve the final Thesis mark.
The marking rubric will be clarified for students and markers to reflect how the weighted scores are calculated.
Action Taken
This information was clarified in the thesis manual in 2020.
Source: Student feedback and unit coordinator feedback.
Differences in formatting and word limit requirements between academic journals, APA Style, and CQUniversity requirements created confusion for students.
Remove expectation for students to target an academic journal for publication of the research project, provide a set word limit that everyone must adhere to, and stipulate that APA7 style is expected for all students. Students to be advised that they can reformat the thesis after submission and grading if they wish to submit to an academic journal.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
Drop in sessions were a useful way for students to maintain contact with the unit coordinator and other students.
Continue fortnightly drop-in sessions in 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced knowledge and skills to complete a research project that is applicable to clinical psychology
  2. Apply systematic inquiry skills to clinical problems including the acquisition, organisation and interpretation of data to allow critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous and scientific inquiry relevant to clinical psychology
  3. Demonstrate a high level of written communication skills and understanding of professional and scientific writing styles in the production of the final thesis
  4. Communicate research findings professionally, ethically and in a culturally appropriate manner fit for a range of audiences.

These learning outcomes are intended to link with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation guidelines for Clinical Psychology and further to align with the Clinical Psychology guidelines of CG17 (Master of Clinical Psychology) course Learning Outcome no. 5: "Demonstrate the capacity to formulate, research and successfully complete a discipline based research project."

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Thesis/Dissertation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Thesis/Dissertation