Research Project (Study Abroad)

Subject PSYC40008 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 01-Jul-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 20-Mar-2015
Census Date 27-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-May-2015

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 01-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Aug-2015
Census Date 28-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Oct-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 480 hours.


Selection into the fourth-year Honours program or Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.

Prior to enrolment into the subject, the student must arrange research supervision and negotiate a general topic. The supervisor must be an academic staff member from Psychological Sciences.


No corequisites are required for this subject

Recommended Background Knowledge:

An accredited psychology major sequence

A third year Research Methods subject

Non Allowed Subjects:

There are no non allowed subjects

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of 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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Dr Jason Forte


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

There are no scheduled classes for this subject. Instead students undertake a research project and obtain experience in all aspects of conducting and reporting of independent empirical research. The thesis project will be submitted as two documents. The first comprises a review of relevant literature and the second comprises an empirical study submitted as a journal article later in the semester.

Learning Outcomes:

The subject aims to:

  • Develop independent research skills
  • Become familiar with the relationship between research design and ethical research procedures
  • Work with an academic mentor-supervisor to gain direct knowledge of psychology as a research-based discipline
  • Acquire skills in formulating and reporting empirical research

A thesis of 7000 words

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, July 2009

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • critically analysing the existing knowledge about a research topic prior to one's own research (e.g. sophisticated conceptual analysis of relevant content area/literature/intervention program etc., critical appraisal of one's own and others' research, generation of productive research questions);
  • constructing a research plan (eg. research design, methods of observation) to address one's research question;
  • executing one's research plan adequately to obtain data;
  • analysing the data to address the research question appropriately; and
  • discussing the implications of the results coherently within the context of the existing knowledge relevant to the research topic.

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