PSYC14051 - Psychology Research Project A
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Research Project in Psychology A is the first of two units which will introduce you to the process of undertaking research in the Psychology discipline. Over the two units, you will independently undertake a scholarly investigation, under the supervision of a qualified supervisor within the Psychology discipline. The purpose of the Research Project A unit is to provide you with the experience of proposing and planning an independent research project. The research question examined will be developed in consultation with your supervisor and will have either theoretical or applied significance in the Psychology discipline. In Research Project A you will complete a research project proposal and an ethics application for that proposed project. Successful completion of this unit requires that Psychology Research Project A and Psychology Research Project B are undertaken in the same calendar year.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CC42

Prior or concurrent completion of PSYC14047 and PSYC14050

Residential Schools

This unit has a Optional Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance

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 Undergraduate 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 Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Positive feedback was received regarding implementation of regular Q&A topic sessions which were live through Zoom and recorded for students unable to attend. Formal evaluation feedback. Unsolicited student feedback Maintain these sessions in 2017.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop a research proposal for a psychology based research project.
  2. Complete a CQUniversity Human Research ethics application (or an Animal Research ethics application where appropriate) for a psychology based research project.

The purpose of the two Term (1 & 2) long Research Project (A & B) is to provide the student in their fourth year of Psychology with training in developing, conducting, and communicating research across theoretical and applied domains. This requires students to undertake an investigation of a research question in Psychology and to report the investigation in written scholarly form. The research question will be of significance to an area of Psychology covered by the Faculty's Psychology course and the investigation and subsequent dissertation will be carried out under the principal supervision of a member of the Psychology staff. The research question to be investigated may have either theoretical or applied significance.

The Thesis is an individual research project where the expectation is that students, with advice from their supervisors, will be responsible for and participate in, all steps of the investigation and reporting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • SPSS for Data Analysis
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Word Processing Software (Microsoft Word)
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 CoordinatorTalitha Best (t.best@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

Term 1 Commences

O'Leary Chapters 1 & 2

Literature search and topic refinement, Begin planning research project, Connect with Supervisor

Week 2 13-03-2017

O'Leary Chapters 3 & 4

Begin first draft of the proposal; develop the research question/s. Finalise research question/s & hypotheses; select and design research tools (questionnaires, etc.)

Week 3 20-03-2017

O'Leary Chapter 5

Continue first draft of the proposal; develop the research question/s. Finalise research question/s & hypotheses; select and design research tools (questionnaires, etc.). Start Ethics Application

Week 4 27-03-2017

Census date - March 28

O'Leary Chapters 6 & 7

Continue draft and refinement of approach and methodology, write ethics application

Week 5 03-04-2017

Residential Schools in Brisbane

O'Leary Chapters 8 & 9

Begin to organise data collection, Discuss literature review and project conceptualisation with supervisor. Prepare ethics application for submission. Submit first draft of proposal to thesis supervisor for feedback.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Tuesday April 11th

NEAF Target Submission Date 1

Week 6 17-04-2017

Develop and refine the research design; methodology, & analyses; write up ethics application; prepare ethics application for submission; Prepare proposal for submission.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Develop and refine the research design; methodology, & analyses; write up ethics application; prepare ethics application for submission; Prepare proposal for submission

Week 8 01-05-2017
Research Project Proposal Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017

Low Risk Ethics Applications (Submission to ethics secretary)

Simulated Ethics Applications (Submission via Moodle)

Tuesday May 16 - NEAF Target Submission Date 2

Ethics Application Due Friday (19 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Proposal Feedback from Supervisor and Independent Assessor

Week 12 29-05-2017

Refine Literature Review based on proposal feedback, Begin drafting Intro & Method Section of Empirical Report

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Monday June 5th - Proposal re-submission due (if required).

Refine Literature Review, Begin drafting Intro & Method Section of Empirical Report

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Refine Literature review based on proposal feedback. Develop and refine Introduction and Method Section for Empirical report.

Please be advised that the Unit coordinator for PSYC14051 will NOT be A/Prof Burke.

Staffing details will be made available via Moodle prior to the beginning of Term 1. Please direct any queries to Acting Honours Coordinator A/Prof Talitha Best (t.best@cqu.edu.au) or the Head of Department of Psychology and Public Health A/Prof Karena Burke (k.j.burke@cqu.edu.au)

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Project Proposal
Task Description

All students must submit a Research Proposal in order to successfully complete Research Project A. Please see the 2017 Guidelines for Psychology Honours Research Project & Thesis for specific details of the proposal requirements.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Proposals MUST be submitted electronically via Moodle. Late submissions may not be accepted, and may result in withdrawal from the course, or a penalty being applied to the student's overall thesis grade.
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017)
A student who receives a grade of "RESUBMIT" will be required to lodge their resubmission within 2 weeks of receiving feedback, or by 5pm on Monday 5th June 2017, whichever is the EARLIER. A student who fails to resubmit will not be permitted to continue their Research Project.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria
The criteria on which proposals are assessed is extensive and full details of the assessment criteria and rubrics can be found on Moodle.
Proposals will be assessed by the student's supervisor and an independent assessor (IA).
Students will receive a grade of Pass; Resubmit or Discontinue from their supervisor.
The IA will make a recommendation of Pass, Resubmit or Discontinue and provide feedback to be considered by both the student and the supervisor.
It should be noted that the grade and feedback provided by the IA are suggestions only and the process is designed to assist students and supervisors in identifying potential issues or problems they may wish to consider within the project. The IA will remain anonymous through this process.
In order to continue to Research Project B, students MUST receive a Pass grade from their supervisor either on their first submission, or on their resubmission.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Develop a research proposal for a psychology based research project.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Ethics Application
Task Description
All students must submit an Ethics Application in order to meet the requirements of Research Project A. Please see the 2017 Thesis Guidelines for more specific details.
ONLY students completing a simulated application should submit their ethics application via Moodle. All other students MUST submit their application directly to the Ethics Committee Secretary (ethics@cqu.edu.au).
Students submitting a full NEAF Application: Submit NEAF Approval form via web link (one week prior to formal submission date), Submit formal application directly to Ethics Committee Secretary, Target dates are Tuesday 11th April OR Tuesday 16th May
Students submitting a Low Risk Application: Submit directly to Ethics Committee Secretary, Must submit by Friday 19th May
Students submitting a Simulated Application: Submit online via Moodle, Must submit by Friday 19th May
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Students submitting a Simulated Ethics Application are required to submit on this date. Students submitting a Low Risk Application are required to submit their application to the Ethics Committee Secretary BY this date. Students required to submit a full NEAF application please refer to additional dates available in the task description and on the Moodle site.
Return Date to Students Students submitting a formal application to the ethics committee should know the outcome of their application within 3 weeks of the submission date for Low risk applicants, and within 2 weeks of the ethics committee meeting for full NEAF applicants. Students who submit a Simulated application will receive a Pass or Fail grade within 2 weeks of the submission date.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Students are not formally assessed on this task, however, ALL Psychology Honours students must complete an Ethics Application in order to successfully complete the requirements for Research Project A.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please see instructions on Moodle and in the Thesis guidelines regarding submission for the different types of Ethics Applications.

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

2. Complete a CQUniversity Human Research ethics application (or an Animal Research ethics application where appropriate) for a psychology based research project.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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