PSYC6062 Research Project 4

Masters Course Unit

PSYC6062 Research Project 4

Duration: One trimester

Level: Six

Credit points: Four

Prerequisites: PSYC6042 Research Project 3

Mode(s) of delivery: On-campus

Core/elective: Core

Unit co-ordinator: Professor Lynne Harris, Room 6-29, Level 6, 11 York Street, Sydney

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Consultation times: Unit Coordinator: Thursday: 11.30-12.30pm, other times by appointment.

Teaching staff:

Dr Vanessa Beavan
Professor Lynne Harris


This is the final of four core unit for students in the Master of Psychology (Clinical). Students develop a research project that will form the basis of their Master dissertation.

Unit description

This unit continues the research project commenced in Research Project 1. Students will complete their data collection and analysis and will submit the work that will be assessed for their Master Dissertation.

Learning and teaching process

The research project is an essential component of the MPsych(Clin) program. Students work independently under the supervision of a nominated staff member to develop a research proposal in an area relevant to clinical psychology. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of assessment requirements, for being proactive in identifying obstacles to meeting assessment requirements, and for seeking help to resolve any difficulties that arise as early as possible. You should ensure that you are in regular contact with your supervisor to discuss your data analysis and writing. A one hour weekly ‘meeting’ is a guide, but in most cases meetings will be scheduled as needed, with telephone and email contact as appropriate. You should expect to receive timely feedback on the sections of your thesis.

Students submit a 5000-7000 word literature review and a 5000-7000 word manuscript suitable for submission to a scientific journal by 12.00 noon Monday 24 March 2014. These comprise the Master Dissertation.

Research supervisor’s can be expected to read and provide detailed feedback on one draft of the literature review and manuscript. Supervisors may be willing to provide further limited feedback on specific sections of the work, but are not permitted to read the work more than once in detail.

The literature review is designed to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of the relevant research literature on the topic of the research project, and can be seen as an extended version of the Introduction section of a journal article manuscript. The literature review should follow APA style guidelines.

The journal article manuscript should adhere to APA guidelines except where it is being prepared for a journal that requires different conventions.1. The final manuscript should be in a form to be submitted to an appropriate journal for publication. You should discuss the journal for which you prepare your thesis with your research supervisor.

The Master Dissertation is assessed by two independent examiners nominated by the School of Psychological Sciences Research Panel. In addition, the research supervisor submits a report indicating the amount of consultation provided to the student, the extent of the supervisor’s contribution to the research topic, the degree of assistance provided to the student in designing, planning, analysing and editing the work, and any other circumstances relevant to the assessment of the thesis.

The School of Psychological Sciences Research Panel reviews examiner’s reports along with the supervisor’s report in consultation with examiners and supervisor(s) and proposes a final mark and grade. In most cases, this will be the mark and grade awarded for the dissertation. However, in the event of a discrepancy of 10% or more between the marks awarded by the two examiners that cannot be resolved by the Research Panel in consultation with examiners and supervisor(s), the Research Panel will appoint a third examiner external to the School of Psychological Sciences. Students may be required to revise their dissertation in response to examiner reports before a final mark and grade is awarded.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) demonstrate skills in analysing and interpreting the findings of a research project;
b) demonstrate skills in information literacy and academic writing.

Study Scedule

Week Topic Milestone
1 Individual research supervision  
2 Individual research supervision  
3 Individual research supervision  
4 Individual research supervision  
5 Individual research supervision  
6 Individual research supervision Submission of thesis 12.00 noon Monday 24/03/2014

Assessment summary

Type Type Due

Master of Psychology (Clinical) Dissertation comprising:
(a) 5000-7000 word Literature Review
(b) 5000-7000 word Manuscript

100% Midday Monday Week 6

Learning outcomes and core capabilities / attributes

The course is designed to develop eight core professional capabilities:

  1. understanding the discipline of psychology;
  2. ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychology practice;
  3. psychological assessment and measurement;
  4. psychological intervention strategies;
  5. research and evaluation for psychology practice;
  6. communication and interpersonal skills for psychology practice;
  7. psychology practice in a cross-cultural context;
  8. psychology practice across the lifespan.

The matrix below shows the map of learning outcomes for this unit to core attributes.

Learning outcome Core capability / Attribute
a. demonstrate skills in analysing and interpreting the findings of a research project;
  • understanding the discipline of psychology
  • research and evaluation for psychology practice
b. demonstrate skills in info
  • understanding the discipline of psychology
  • research and evaluation for psychology practice

Special provisions

Attendance at scheduled supervision is required. Students are expected to work with their supervisors and undertake an independent program of study.

Recommended readings

Students are required to read journal articles and texts in their specific area of research.

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.