Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic

Course code PSYC4800Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.
PSYC4800 (together with PSYC4801A and PSYC4801B) forms a fourth year honours research project in Psychology. Advanced topics in research methodology and research ethics relevant to the current set of projects undertaken by the cohort of students at this level. These topics are integrated and related to students' individual research projects. Students carry out a detailed literature review of the research area relevant to their research project, develop a research proposal and consider the ethical implications of their research. This work is completed under the supervision of a member of academic staff and the course coordinator.

Students CANNOT take PSYC4800 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC4090A, PSYC4090B, PSYC4120, PSYC4220, or PSYC6780.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will be expected to gain broad understanding of the critical issues and methodological constraints in their research project area.
On successful completion of this course, students will further develop their ability to:

1. develop a research design including the selection of appropriate research methodology;
2. develop a research proposal;
3. consider the ethical implications of the intended research;
4. search for relevant and suitable reading material;
5. critically analyse and evaluate published research material;
6. present information in written format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation;
7. provide a rationale for empirical research.
ContentThe course will cover ethical principles in psychological research, development of a research project application, development of skills related to critical thinking as well as critical analysis and evaluation of published research.
Students will prepare a research project application for approval by the Methodology Review Panel and an ethics application on their research topic area.
They will also prepare an extended review of the relevant research and rationale of their research that will include critical analysis of background published research relevant to their research topic.
Details of topics will be available at the commencement of the academic year.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces part of PSYC4090A and PSYC4120. Not to count with PSYC4090A,PSYC4090B, PSYC4120,PSYC4220, or PSYC6780.
TransitionStudents CANNOT take PSYC4800 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC4090A, PSYC4090B, PSYC4120,PSYC4220, or PSYC6780.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Individual Supervision
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA written report of 4000 - 6000 words that critically reviews the research background and sets up the rationale of the proposed 4th year research project.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology, BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons), and BSocScience(Hons).
Compulsory Program ComponentPSYC4081 (Research Project Part 1)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC4800