Research Proposal

Subject PSYC90003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meeting of students with individual research supervisors equivalent to 1 hour per fortnight.
Total Time Commitment:

As appropriate to the research project


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS



Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

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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


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

To guide students in the development of an applied research project cognate to their area of professional training, in accordance with the current APAC standard that "the project must be designed so that each student is required to undertake all of the steps involved in conducting an empirical investigation or enquiry". The project can take a number of forms, including an experimental single case study, critical review and meta-analysis, critical review and secondary data analysis, a laboratory-based empirical research study, prospective clinical research, or, in the case of PhD graduates enrolled in the Master of Psychology, an article suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal of international standing.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

In this subject student 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. Presentation and response to comments is the basis for continued progress in the thesis and subsequent enrolment in the thesis subject.

Students must present a thesis proposal by the end of the second semester in which they are enrolled in this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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

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