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BSc Honours Thesis in Psychology (PSY5099)

School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 15
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description This unit provides students with the opportunity to carry out a piece of empirical research under supervision. Students are expected to negotiate a research topic in conjunction with a supervisor. The thesis reporting the empirical research represents 15 of the 24 points required for the Honours year.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of your area of research
2. Make appropriate choices of research design and methods
3. Plan a research study to investigate a problem
4. Evaluate the nature and quality of research
5. Value empirical evidence, and act ethically and professionally
6. Conduct research for and write a thesis
7. Design, produce and present a poster describing your study
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit you will work under the direction of your thesis supervisor to conceive, design, conduct and write up an original research study in an area of psychology. This involves conducting an in depth literature review, designing the study, collecting and analysing the data, writing up the study in the form of a thesis, and preparing and presenting a poster based on your thesis research.
Other Learning Experiences Approximately weekly meetings with the supervisor. This highly independent research project does not involve regular lectures or tutorials.
Assessment You will be assessed on quality of the thesis (80%) and the research poster (20%) you produce. 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 supply written comment on one complete draft of your thesis (only) before submission. You may discuss your thesis verbally with your supervisor and seek feedback from other students at any time. The poster will be presented at a conference-style poster session after thesis submission. It will assess your ability to summarise clearly the central points of your research thesis in a visual format. Supervisors may supply verbal comment once on your poster and presentation.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))
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