Research Proposal

Subject PSYC90003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: As appropriate to the research project.
Total Time Commitment:

Regular meeting of students with individual research supervisors; 1 hour per fortnight.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Michael Saling


Sarah Drew

Subject Overview:

The content is specific to the student's thesis topic. The subject will comprise a course of independent study conducted under academic supervision. While enrolled in this subject each student is required to develop a research proposal in consultation with their supervisor and to present the proposal in a departmental forum, attended by the supervisor(s) and invited staff members.


In this subject students will:

  • select a thesis topic in consultation with academic staff;
  • conduct a review of the appropriate literature;
  • present a written thesis proposal and present it orally in a departmental forum.

MPsych Students will:

  1. Prepare literature review of no more than 3000 words
  2. Prepare a research proposal of no more than 1500 words
  3. Present the proposal in a departmental forum, and respond to comments

As regards (2), the proposal should be in the form of an argument containing a critical review of the appropriate research literature, a set of specific research aims, and a method for achieving those aims. A departmental forum will be convened for the purpose of presenting the proposal before the supervisor and other invited members of the academic staff. Successful presentation and response to comments to be basis for continued progress in the thesis and subsequent enrolment in the thesis subject.

MPsych students must mount a successful thesis proposal presentation by the end of the year in which they are enrolled in this subject.

MPsych/PhD students will defend their thesis proposal during the second year of enrolment.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will develop a greater critical appreciation of scholarly work and develop their own skills in formulating problems and means of addressing problems. They will develop their writing and communication skills and learn to develop and sustain written and oral argument.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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