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Psychology: Fourth Year Project (PSY441)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 8
Description Students work in small groups with an academic supervisor to develop, conduct, and write up a research project on a topic in psychology. You will be emailed explaining how to select projects approximately one week before the teaching period commences. More information will be given in the first seminar in PSY412. Allocation to groups occurs by end of week 1. This unit is not timetabled because each student group will have meeting times arranged with their supervisor (specified during project selection procedure).
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Make appropriate choices of research design and methods
2. Plan a research study to investigate a problem
3. Evaluate the nature and quality of research
4. Conduct and write up a research project
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Through working closely with your supervisor, you will gain an understanding and experience of the research process in psychology, from reviewing the literature, through developing a research question, designing a research method and seeking ethics approval, to gathering, analysing and interpreting data, and writing a thesis based on your project.
Other Learning Experiences Approximately weekly meetings will be held with the supervisor and other group members. Depending on the nature of the research project, additional group meetings without the supervisor and/or training sessions may be expected.
Assessment You will be assessed on the quality of the thesis you produce (100%). A high quality thesis will demonstrate your understanding of the purpose and importance of each step in the research process, and will be presented with a professional standard of communication. Supervisors may read and supply written comment on one complete draft of your thesis (only) before submission. You are free to discuss your thesis verbally with your supervisor and to seek feedback from other students at any time.
Prerequisites BSC302: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods *or* PSY311 Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods *or* PSY315 Psychology: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Jon Prince
Senior Lecturer - Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6670
e: Jon.Prince@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.028 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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