PSYC6022 Research Project 2

Masters Course Unit

PSYC6022 Research Project 2

Duration: One trimester

Level: Six

Credit points: Two

Prerequisites: PSYC5112 Research Project 1

Mode(s) of delivery: On-campus

Core/elective: Core

Unit co-ordinator: Prof 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
Dr Ester Senderey-German
Professor Lynne Harris
Professor Mike Innes
Dr Fiona Papps
Dr Katie Seidler
Dr Damith Woods


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

Unit description

In this unit of study students will continue the research project commenced in Research Project 1 that will form the basis of their Master dissertation, supported by weekly, individual meetings with a supervisor. Students must successfully complete all assessments for this unit before progressing to Research Project 3.

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 research topic and methodology. 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. Your research project is conducted across four trimesters. The milestones, in terms of the assessments required during each trimester, are to ensure that progress is maintained throughout this lengthy process.

Learning and teaching process

On completion of the unit students will be able to:
a) demonstrate skills in implementing a research project.

Study schedule

Week Topic
1 Individual research supervision
2 Individual research supervision
3 Individual research supervision
4 Individual research supervision
5 Individual research supervision
6 Individual research supervision
7 Individual research supervision
8 Individual research supervision
9 Individual research supervision
10 Individual research supervision
12 Assessments due Friday 5pm

Assessment summary





Assessment 1: Supervisor report on student progress with implementing research project to School of Psychological Sciences Research Committee*

Learning outcomes: a


As required

Week 12

Assessment 2: Student report on progress with implementing research project to School of Psychological Sciences Research Committee*

Learning outcomes: a


As required

Week 12

* Both assessments for this unit of study are marked as ungraded pass or ungraded fail. Failure to complete the requirements of any one assessment component satisfactorily will result in a fail for the unit. Students are required to successfully complete this unit of study before progressing to Research Project 3.

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 implementing a research project
  • 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.