Course Outline

PSY755 Research Project 3

Course Coordinator:Tamara De Regt (tderegt@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

Thompson Institute

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

The USC postgraduate psychology programs are committed to maintaining the primacy of public safety in the delivery of the program within the education and placement environments. This course involves the third element of the research project and thesis component of the degree. Working with a research supervisor, you will select appropriate statistical techniques and analyse the data collected in the research study conducted in the previous course and interpret the outcome of the study. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Independent Study/Research – Total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks 150hrs Week 1 Once Only

Course Topics

You will have regular meetings with your research supervisor(s) throughout the semester. 

There is no face to face teaching component for this course. There will, however, be a presentation of your work later in the semester. 

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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...
1 Select and apply statistical techniques for data analysis Knowledgeable
Empowered
2 Interpretation of statistical results Empowered
3 Show further awareness of potential ethical issues involved in psychological research and understanding of and practice in using the APS Code of Ethics and its accompanying Guidelines, and other relevant sources, to resolve ethical questions Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

PSY704 and PSY707 and PSY753 and enrolled in Program AR703.

Co-requisites

PSY756

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Early assessment of your progress in this course will primarily be provided by your supervisor(s), who will closely monitor your work.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece Individual
Minimum 2500
Week 13 To Supervisor
All 2 Oral Individual
3 Minutes
Refer to Format In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Data analysis and interpretation of results and completion of written 'results' section of dissertation
Goal:
You will complete the analysis of all of your data and create a results section for your final dissertation produced in PSY756.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece
Format:
Dependent on study type/design.

The research project supervisor will determine whether the student has completed research data analysis and the write-up of the results and discussion sections of the research report to the supervisor's satisfaction and will assign a grade of either Pass Ungraded (PU) or Fail for the course.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrate competence in gathering, analysing and reporting research data relevant to a set of research predictions.
1 2
2
Demonstration of appropriate methods of data analysis, including relevant statistical methods available through statistical packages such as SPSS.
1 2
3
Evaluate research predictions using the research results.
2
4
Report on research in accordance with the national statements on human and/or animal research ethics and the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics.
3
5
Complete Results section of Dissertation.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:3 Minute Thesis
Goal:
For you to communicate your key concepts and findings associated with the thesis at the PSY755 '3 Minute Thesis' Conference. You will be advised of the date at the beginning of Semester 2.
Product: Oral
Format:
The presentation must use the following format:
; A single static slide
; No animations or additional media can be used
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrated understanding of key concepts associated with your dissertation topic.
1 2 3
2
Knowledge of research method and design (i.e., why the method/design has been chosen and how it was applied in the research undertaken).
1 2
3
Knowledge of appropriate data collection, recording, and scoring; knowledge of appropriate data analysis
1 2
4
Clear discussion of the results, limitation of the research and future recommendations.
1 2 3
5
Knowledge of ethical requirements associated with your thesis research topic.
3
6
Demonstrated clear and articulate thinking using clear communication skills.
1 2 3

Directed study hours

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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Nil

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.

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