Mental health and neuroscience research is diverse and varied, with complex and challenging ethical aspects. You will learn about a variety of research areas, including preclinical, basic neuroscience, clinical trials and longitudinal designs, and about national and international standards on ethical conduct and clinical practice guidelines. You will consider the strengths and weaknesses of research and study designs in the context of feasibility and translation, and you will develop critical appraisal skills to evaluate the merit and utility of standalone research, and programs of research.
|Online – The online activities will include a combination of interactive content, learning activities, videos, opportunities for asynchronous discussion and peer to peer collaboration, as well as optional lecturer and peer zoom drop-in sessions.
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...
|Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
|Build a knowledge of literature review styles relevant to mental health and neuroscience.
|Identify advanced research principles and methods relevant to mental health and neuroscience research.
|Identify advanced ethical standards specific to mental health and neuroscience research.
|Critique integrated research approach and design methodologies in mental health research.
|Apply advanced research knowledge to make expert judgement when considering the complexities of contributing to scholarly knowledge in mental health and neuroscience.
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Successful completion of 96 units in AR706 and must be enrolled in program AR706
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).
Formative example self-check questions will be provided in learning activities each week providing immediate feedback. A Zoom drop in session will be held prior to Week 4 to respond to any questions regarding the learning activities and provide general feedback.
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Maximum 40 questions plus 1000-2000 words
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|Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
|All - Assessment Task 1:Learning portfolio
The goal of this assessment task is to build your understanding of research principles, ethical standards, research design and methodologies, and apply this to then critique research design and approaches in mental health and neuroscience.
Submit: 2, 4, 6 & 9. You will respond to a series of activities throughout the first half of the course. You will submit these according to the guidelines provided at the timepoints of Week 2, 4, 6 and 9. The activities will progress from quiz style questions to short answers and summaries. Your final submission will build on your foundational knowledge gained, and this will be applied to critically appraise the appropriateness of the research design for given contexts in mental health and neuroscience research.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Perspectives piece
The goal of this task is to identify issues in neuroscientific publication, and justify approaches to publishing articles in the field of mental health and neuroscience.
You will prepare a Perspectives Piece in the context of an academic researcher pursuing journal publication. You will present your article in line with the relevant journal’s guidelines and format. Your piece will identify issues to consider, and complexities to address, as you justify your position on how to successfully contribute to the field of mental health and neuroscience via research publication.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
This course may require the use of the software package SPSS. This is available for free via USC Anywhere, however, students may prefer to purchase their own licence (please discuss with Course Coordinator).
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