BEHV 4004 Psychology Research Thesis

Credit Points 15

Legacy Code 102528

Coordinator Steven Cumming Opens in new window

Description This is a 30 credit point year-long subject taken over two terms (15 credit points in each term).The subject connects students to a community of research scholars. It allows them to complete a specialised piece of individual research in an area of interest in psychology. Students work closely with supervisors to conduct research and produce a 3000-word literature review or draft preregistration proposal (as agreed with the supervisor) and 6000-8000 words report in form of a submission ready journal article.

School Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 15cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Co-requisite(s) BEHV 4006

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 5257 - Psychology (Honours) FT YL LGYB 5258 - Psychology (Honours) PT YL BEHV 4003 - Empirical Research Project

Restrictions This subject is restricted to students enrolled in programs: ? 1796 Graduate Diploma in Psychology ? 1865 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) ? 1860 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) ? 1504 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology ? 1500 Bachelor of Psychology (continuing) who have successfully completed 240 credit points including the 160 credit point core sequence in Psychology ? 1834 Bachelor of Psychology (current) who have successfully completed 240 credit points including the 120 credit point core sequence in Psychology and the 40 credit point Psychology Extension sub-major

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed an accredited three-year sequence in psychology, or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply advanced bibliographic and information literacy skills to locate and select literature appropriate to a chosen and research topic.
  2. Apply conceptual skills to formulate and justify a research proposal.
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and application skills associated with a chosen, relevant research method.
  4. Adhere to the ethical processes and guidelines of the research institution the conduct and reporting of research.
  5. Accurately apply appropriate methods of data analysis to research data.
  6. Demonstrate rigor in drawing and defending conclusions from research findings in a coherently written research thesis.

Subject Content

Completion of a research Thesis relevant to the field of psychology based on a rigorous design and scrutinized proposal.
Under supervision, an individual student will perform a literature search of their research topic, develop a research design, develop research procedures, make observations, collect and analyse the data and write a thesis on the study.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Literature Review 3,000 words S/U Y Individual
Thesis 7,000-8,000 words 100 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association : The official guide to APA style (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Bankstown

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

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Subject Contact Steven Cumming Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Penrith (Kingswood)

Day

Subject Contact Steven Cumming Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact Steven Cumming Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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