PSYC22003 - Thesis I
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide supervision and knowledge necessary for developing and finalising a thesis proposal. It is also intended to help the student inculcate research skills necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students report excessive stress levels for thesis in term 2. Student feedback To ensure students are time managed better in term 1, and research supervisors are in regular contact with students.
Students would like to do their theses in relation to their placements. Student feedback Try to align theses themes to placements where possible to assist learning.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Utilise research knowledge and skills applicable to working from a Scientist - Practitioner base as a clinical psychologist.
  2. Apply systematic inquiry skills to clinical problems including problem identification, and the acquisition, organisation, and interpretation of information to allow critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous, careful and scientific inquiry of the psychological phenomena.
  3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to clinical practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.
  4. Demonstrate a high level knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative design and methods, including the systematic collection of data and the subsequent skilled analysis of data allowing accurate interpretation of findings.
  5. Utilise skills of critical evaluation to identify and analyse research literature.
  6. Incorporate a knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.
  7. Apply high level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Each of the learning objectives is linked to current external accreditation guidelines and reflect a course ethos on developing scientist-practitioners.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSarah Blunden (s.blunden@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Thesis topics, supervisors, Gantt charts, literature review drafts and project proposal would have been competed by the start of Term 1.

Preparation of ethics submission

Students need to have read the Masters in Clinical Psychology Thesis Manual available on the students available university drive

WellnessCentre/STUDENTS/MANUALS

Thesis reading program to be developed in consultation with supervisor.

By week 1, students would have already confirmed their supervisor and project (Due November 30th 2016) and submitted, to either to the course-coordinator, and/or their supervisor:

1. A Time line/Gantt Chart (Due December 23rd 2016)

2. First Draft of literature review (Due January 27th 2017)

3. Project proposal (due February 24th)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Preparation of ethics proposal

In consultation with supervisor.

Submission of Ethics application prior to Ethics committee meeting

Ethics Committee meeting dates for March 2017 to be confirmed

Week 3 20-03-2017

Continuing development of Literature review

Re-submissions of Proposal if needed

Re-submissions of Ethics if needed.

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Continuing development of Literature review

Re-submissions of Proposal if needed

Re-submissions of Ethics if needed.

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Continuing development of Literature review

Re-submissions of Proposal if needed

Re-submissions of Ethics if needed.

In consultation with supervisor.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Continuing development of Literature review

Re submissions of Ethics if needed.

Data collection can commence as soon as:

1. Ethics has been approved and

2. Research proposal has been passed

Week 7 24-04-2017

Continuing development of literature review

Data collection can commence as soon as:

1. Ethics has been approved and

2. Research proposal has been passed

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Continuing development of literature review

Data collection

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Continuing development of literature review

Data collection

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Continuing development of literature review.

Data collection

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Data collection continues.

Finalisation of draft literature review.

Preliminary development of methodology section.

Identification of target journal.

In consultation with supervisor.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Data collection.

Development of methodology section.

In consultation with supervisor.

Submission of second draft of literature review

End of term review with supervisor on progress to date.

Course -coordinator and supervisor to review progress

Thesis components Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Thesis components
Task Description

See Guidelines inMaster of Clinical Psychology Thesis Manual 2017. It is expected that by the end of the Thesis 1 subject students will have demonstrated satisfactory progress on the development of the thesis. This includes:

  1. Satisfactory completion of project proposal.
  2. Identification of target journal
  3. Development and supervisor approval of project GANNT chart.
  4. Submission of ethics application with either approvals completed or in progress.
  5. Submission of a second draft of their literature review to supervisor.
  6. A draft of their methodology section for their research report
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Completion as ascertained by course coordinator and supervisor approved satisfactory progress on thesis tasks as described above
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Directly through the supervisor and publised in Moodle
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

See Guidelines for Master of Clinical Psychology Thesis that was sent out to all prospective students and is stored in the Wellness Centre STUDENT drive. It is understood that specific projects may, for a range of reasons, not have met all expected timelines.

It remains however the responsibility of the supervisor to endorse the continuation of the project through to the Thesis ll subject. If the proposal is not passed by the supervisor and the course coordinator, then a second review of the proposal will be sought. If the second reviewer concurs with the initial supervisor then the student will be required to withdraw from the Thesis l subject and will not be permitted to enrol in Thesis ll of that academic year.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - The Proposal needs to be passed by the Supervisor in conjunction with Course coordinator in order to progress the thesis. The supervisor also needs to endorse the continuation of the project through to the Thesis ll subject.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Utilise research knowledge and skills applicable to working from a Scientist - Practitioner base as a clinical psychologist.

2. Apply systematic inquiry skills to clinical problems including problem identification, and the acquisition, organisation, and interpretation of information to allow critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous, careful and scientific inquiry of the psychological phenomena.

3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to clinical practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.

4. Demonstrate a high level knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative design and methods, including the systematic collection of data and the subsequent skilled analysis of data allowing accurate interpretation of findings.

5. Utilise skills of critical evaluation to identify and analyse research literature.

6. Incorporate a knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.

7. Apply high level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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