PSYC4072 Honours Thesis C

Bachelor Course Unit

PSYC4072 Honours Thesis C

Duration: Trimester One

Level: 4th year

Credit points: 4 (out of total of 24)

Prerequisites: PSYC4062

Mode(s) of delivery: On-campus

Core/elective: Core

Unit co-ordinator: Professor Mike Innes

Unit description

This unit is one of the three research units in fourth year psychology for students in the Honours course. In this unit students complete a research thesis.

Students work under the guidance of their academic supervisor to prepare and submit a literature thesis.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • undertake all activities involved in conducting research, and preparing drafts and a final copy of a research thesis
  • discuss in depth the area of psychology linked to their research project

Unit coordinator

Professor Mike Innes

Level 6, 11 York Street, Sydney


Consultation times: By appointment

Lecturing staff

Professor Mike Innes

Learning and teaching process

In this unit, students meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (typically once per week) to discuss writing up their research and seek feedback on drafts of sections of the thesis.

Study schedule

Students are expected to develop a study schedule in consultation with their supervisors including a timetable for completion of research activities associated with this unit.

Graduate attributes

The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of core topics in psychology. These topics include abnormal psychology, biological bases of behaviour, cognition, information processing and language, learning, lifespan developmental psychology, perception, social psychology and intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology.
  2. Research methods in psychology. This attribute covers an understanding of the characteristics of the science of psychology and the different and varied research methods used by psychologists. It also includes the acquisition of practical skills in laboratory-based research and other methods, the design of studies to address psychological questions, critical analysis, the formulation of testable hypotheses, the choice of an appropriate methodology, the question of reliability and validity and their meanings and operations, the analysis of data, and the writing of reports.
  3. Critical thinking skills. The attribute includes the application of scientific method to the study of mental and behavioural problems, the examination of other modes of understanding the world and the development of other world views, and recognition of the fallacies and the biases that can affect human thinking and analysis.
  4. Values, research and professional ethics. This attribute includes the evaluation of the behaviour of psychologists in psychological research and other professional contexts and is in the context of the Australian Psychological Society “Code of Ethics” and the Australian “National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce”. Values and professional ethics must also be understood and evaluated in the context of social ethical principles and ethical conduct in legal, medical and institutional behaviour.
  5. Communication skills. Students need to learn how to communicate effectively orally in various settings (group discussion, presentations, both formal and informal) for various purposes. Written communication, in the form of written reports, should be according to professionally accepted formats. In psychology we follow the American Psychological Association structure and formatting conventions.
  6. Learning and the application of psychology. This attribute includes the application of knowledge of legislative frameworks and the application of knowledge about laws and conventions in work settings, consumer and carer participation and in the general matter of the conduct of application of psychology. It also considers how there may be variation of legislation across different areas of application. 
    Students also need to be cognisant of the need to sustain independent learning for professional and personal development over their life, in the changing social and cultural practices in society and in the practice and development of the scientific basis of psychology.

Learning outcomes

Graduate attributes

a) Undertake all activities involved in conducting
research, and preparing drafts and a final copy
of a research thesis

  • Research methods in psychology
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Values research and professional ethics

b) Discuss in depth the area of psychology linked
to their research project

  • Knowledge and understanding of core
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills

Assessment summary



Word Count

Submission Week



Learning outcomes: a



4 (22/10/12)

Ethics final report

In consultation with their supervisor students submit a
final report to the ACAP Human Research Ethics Committee.


Length not
of form


Special provisions

Regular meetings with supervisor.

Students must submit a thesis and a final report to the ACAP Human Research Ethics Committee to complete this unit.

Recommended text

There is no recommended text for this unit. 

Other significant references

See "relevant journals and resources" below.

Relevant journals and resources

General guidance and lead references to journal articles will be provided by supervisors. Students are then expected to extend their reading to study their topic in greater depth.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.