This research seminar series is aimed at assisting students in the planning and design phases of their thesis. Students present their research ideas to other students in an informal setting, and receive feedback on their proposed methodology and the implementation of the study. In the second part of the subject, students are introduced to the APS Code of Ethics and the complimentary Ethical Guidelines. Each week students are presented with a series of ethically problematic scenarios to which they discuss possible solutions and a brief plan of action. Attendance at seminars is compulsory.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Honours Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics|
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The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Design a psychological study: frame research questions; undertake literature searches; critique theoretical and empirical studies; formulate hypotheses; operationalise variables; choose an appropriate methodology.
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
- Evaluate psychologists' behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the APS Code of Ethics and the complimentary Ethical Guidelines.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts.
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues.
|Dissertation||Supervisor Signed Agreement||C||Week 2||4.|
|BUHREC Application||Evidence of BUHREC Application Submitted||C||Week 5||1, 2, 4.|
|Thesis Component||Draft of first two pages of introduction of your thesis||C||Week 8||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Thesis Component||Draft of research question/s, aim/s and hypothesis/es for your thesis to be handed in at Week 6 lecture.||C||Week 8||1, 2, 4, 5.|
|BUHREC Application||BUHREC Clearance & Evidence of Enrolment in Thesis 2||C||Week 12||4.|
|Thesis Component||Literature Review; Method Section||C||Week 12||1, 2, 4.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Learning objectives and expectations - Gain an understanding of the process of nominating a thesis supervisor; Thesis 1 tasks; choosing a topic; Thesis 1 requirements; poster session; submission of thesis; resources available.
Learning objectives and expectations - Gain an understanding of issues relevant to conducting a psychological study at the 4th year level. Signed Supervision Agreement to be handed in at Lecture 2.
Learning objectives and expectations - Gain an understanding of the BUHREC application process and the role of the Ethics Committee in research.
Learning objectives and expectations of lecture - Gain an understanding of resources available in the library and how to undertake literature searches.
Learning objectives and expectations - Gain an understanding of how to frame research questions; formulate aims and hypotheses. Evidence of BUHREC Application Submitted to be handed in at Lecture 5.
Learning objectives and expectations - Gain an understanding of how to structure the introduction. Draft of research question/s, aim/s and hypothesis/es for your thesis to be handed in at Week 6 lecture.
Learning objectives and expectations of lecture - Increase understanding of how to write up the method; write academically and APA formatting.
Learning objectives and expectations - Further knowledge and understanding of applied ethics in psychology, including ethical principles. Draft of first two pages of introduction of your thesis to be handed in at Week 8 lecture.
Learning objectives and expectations - Further knowledge and understanding of the application of the APS Code of Ethics, Guidelines, and Client Charter.
Learning objectives and expectations - Further knowledge and understanding of the application of ethical decision making models.
Learning objectives and expectations - Further knowledge and understanding of the application of the APS Code of Ethics, ethical principles, and decision making models.
Learning objectives and expectations - Further knowledge and understanding of the application of the APS Code of Ethics, ethical principles, and decision making models. Draft of Literature Review and Method Section for your thesis to be handed in at Week 12 lecture; Evidence of BUHREC Clearance and Enrolment in Thesis 2 to be handed in at Lecture 12.