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Psychology Project (PSY541)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: H-internal, Y-internal
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 teaching period commences. More information is given in the first seminar in PSY599 and allocation to groups occurs by end of week 1. This unit is not timetabled because student groups 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 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 quality of the thesis (100%) 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.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY441 Psychology: Fourth Year Project may not complete this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Hakuei Fujiyama
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2879
e: Hakuei.Fujiyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.016 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

KAPLAN-SGP: H-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: Y-Internal
MURDOCH: H-Internal
MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Dr Hakuei Fujiyama
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2879
e: Hakuei.Fujiyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.016 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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