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 2 - 2022

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.67% 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 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
The expectation for the submission of an academic journal article was removed, a word limit was imposed, and the requirement for APA7 formatting was made clear. This simplified the expectations for students, and resulted in fewer questions and concerns about these aspects of the assessment.
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
The fortnightly drop-in sessions were held regularly throughout the term. These were well-attended and students appreciated having the chance to speak with the Unit Coordinator via Zoom.
Source: Student feedback; Unit Coordinator reflection
More resources to be provided via the Moodle site.
More research-related resources could be provided on the Moodle site, and students should be made aware of the nature of these resources, as well as the ways in which they might be helpful. For example, this could include directing the students to resources about how to structure a Discussion session, closer to the end of the Thesis II unit when this is likely to be a primary task for students. This could serve the dual purpose of helping students to manage their time appropriately regarding the preparation of the final thesis.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
The informal optional discussion sessions with the Unit Coordinator were useful.
Continue to hold regular optional discussion sessions with students throughout the term for this unit.
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 8
1 - Thesis/Dissertation