Available in 2021
Course code



30 units


4000 level

Course handbook


PSYC4804B (together with PSYC4804A) forms a fourth year honours research project in Psychology. This course is part of the multi-sequence research component of honours which requires the development and conduct of a piece of original empirical research under supervision of a member of academic staff of the School of Psychology. PSYC4804B requires the submission of a research report of 10,200 words and a conference-style presentation.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021
  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Consider the ethical implications of the research

2. Search for relevant and suitable reading material

3. Critically analyse and evaluate published research material

4. Demonstrate psychological research skills such as appropriate use of research instruments and appropriate data analysis

5. Demonstrate scientific writing skills

6. Critically evaluate research data

7. Present information in written format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation

8. Present information in verbal format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation


Details of reserach topics will be available at the commencement of the academic year.


This course is only available to students enrolled in

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) [40100],

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) [12362],

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (pre 2020) [10214], or

Bachelor of Science (Honours) [10496].

Assessment items

Presentation: Thesis conference presentation

Thesis: Research Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Individual supervision hours to be arranged with supervisor. The student research project will require extensive work outside of scheduled supervised meetings.


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

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