PSYC22004 - Clinical Psychology Engagement and Evaluation Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit forms the capstone project of the Master of Clinical Psychology course. In this unit, you will conduct a clinical psychology project in which you will engage a community-based partner to conduct a project. The project may involve research or an intervention to be evaluated. You will design and conduct the project, evaluate the project by collecting relevant data, and produce a written report of your project and evaluation.


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

Students must be enrolled in CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology or CM49 Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry).

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

Term 2 - 2024 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. Research Proposal 30%
2. Report 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.00% 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: Unit Coordinator self-reflection
Consider including in the non-compulsory Zoom sessions some teaching of relevant topics related to the unit rather than only responding to students' questions.
This unit does not include teaching topics in research methodology as students in this unit have completed the unit PSYC22001 Research Methods in Term 1 of the year in which they do this unit. In 2023, topics could be discussed in detail when they relate to a student's question, instead of just specifically answering the student's question. In this way, all students can gain the benefit of attending the sessions, even if they did not have specific questions of their own.
Action Taken
The Zoom meetings included some teaching about topics raised by students.
Source: Unit Coordinator self-reflection
Consider ways to monitor the effectiveness of research supervision and student progress in the research project.
Contact research supervisors during the term regarding student progress.
Action Taken
Student progress was monitored through the Zoom meetings and contact was made with supervisors where this was required.
Source: Student feedback in class.
The unit version delivered in 2023 required an academic research project to be conducted and a thesis to be produced. Some students felt that they would gain more clinical skills by doing a more community-based project, particularly as they had already demonstrated their research ability during their fourth year of study.
Update the unit to have a stronger clinical psychology practice focus, whilst retaining a research project structure.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced knowledge and skills professionally, ethically, and in a culturally appropriate manner, to design and complete a community-based project that is applicable to clinical psychology.
  2. Apply assessment and evaluation skills to clinical problems including the acquisition and interpretation of data to inform practice in clinical psychology.
  3. Communicate project evaluation 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 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
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Report
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
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8