Mental Health Science Research Project 1

Subject PSYT90086 (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:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science (or equivalent post/graduate 100 credit points in mental health) AND

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PSYT90082 is if undertaking the Infant Stream (Stream A).

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Research methodology and data analysis relative to the specific field (Infant, Child, Youth, Adult, Aged) of mental health research being undertaken.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof James Olver


Administrative contact

Victoria Kingsley

Subject Overview:

This subject is a prerequisite to Mental Health Science Research Project 2. It is intended to develop critical research skills required to conduct research within the mental health field. Students will formulate a research question with relevance to their chosen mental health stream – infant, child, youth, adult, or aged - and design a research proposal, review relevant literature in light of the chosen research method, and submit an ethics application form (where applicable).

Learning Outcomes:

This subject requires students to synthesis research skills by choosing methodology appropriate to the chosen field field, and drawing on disciplinary literature within the field, in order to present justified critical analysis of the literature, and to prepare and present an appropriate research proposal.

  • Research ethics submission due week 6 (hurdle requirement)
  • Supervisor's report (standards of self-direction, initiative, ethical conduct) due week 6 (worth 20)
  • Literature review of 10,000 words due end of semester (worth 80%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  1. Define a research question
  2. Design a research protocol defining and justifying methods to be used
  3. Present a research proposal, giving consideration to ethical implications (where applicable)
  4. Obtain ethics approval (where applicable)
  5. Review and critically discuss literature directly related to the research question
  6. Collect and organise data for interpretation according to the defined methods of the research proposal
Related Course(s): Master of Mental Health Science

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