Thesis (Masters/coursework)

Subject PSYC90005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meeting of student with research supervisor; one hour per week minimum.
Total Time Commitment:

As appropriate to the research project

Study Period Commencement:
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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:

The student will conduct research under appropriate academic supervision and submit the work in the form of a thesis of at least 6,000 but no more than 10,000 words by 30 October in the final year of enrolment in the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

To help students prepare a written report on the applied research project they proposed in the first-year Research Proposal subject. To ensure students receive a thorough grounding in research design and report writing to a publishable standard. To develop an increased understanding of the application and interpretation of statistical procedures. To facilitate understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice and outcome research.


A thesis of 6,000 - 10,000 words will be submitted for evaluation to two examiners, both of whom might be internal to the University, or one of whom might be external to the University. The thesis will be marked according to the standard university grading system.

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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:

To develop a sophisticated approach to appraising one's own work and that of others critically. To develop a deeper understanding of the processes and outcomes involved in conducting research. To develop a refined ability to communicate effectively and concisely with others.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

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