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PSYC71-631: Masters Dissertation - Part 1 September 2020 [Standard - Masters Dissertation - Part 1]

General information

This is the first of four thesis subjects across four semesters of enrolment in which a student engages in a significant research investigation/project under supervision to produce a thesis in the form of a journal article manuscript (5000 to 7000 words) ready for submission to an appropriate journal. The research project will address an area of relevance to clinical psychology. In this subject, students complete the groundwork for the research project including a research proposal and ethics application (as appropriate). Students are expected to complete the remainder of the research project over the remaining three subjects.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-631
Subject title:Masters Dissertation - Part 1
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Prescribed Consultation: x12 (Total hours: 6) - Weekly consultation with supervisor
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 114) - Recommended study hours


Prescribed resources: None
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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is an accredited 5th and 6th Year pathway towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into this program 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.

Assurance of learning

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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.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant psychological theories and models, the published empirical findings supporting these theories and the methods employed to establish them, and of the major methods of psychological investigation and techniques of measurement, and their application and interpretation.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and behaviour consistent with the ethical, legal and professional requirements of psychological practice.
  3. Apply research knowledge and skills to psychological practice.
  4. Demonstrate excellent written communication, including the ability to write, in an organised fashion, reports and other documents.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Thesis Component Supervisors Agreement C Week 2 2.
Thesis Component In this subject students commence an individual research project in an area of Psychology relevant to clinical psychology under the supervision of an academic member of staff and are required to EITHER (a) submit a research proposal of no more than 1500 words to their supervisor by Week 4 of the semester of enrolment in this subject. OR (B) provide evidence that a full application has been submitted to the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee (BUHREC) for approval of their proposed project by Week 4 of the semester enrolled in. C Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4.
BUHREC Application BUHREC Clearance and approval due C Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
Thesis Component ^ Students are required to submit to their supervisor by 4 pm Friday Week 12 of the semester of enrolment in this subject a draft of the first two pages of their introduction which needs to outline: why this research is important; introduce all the variables being examined; state clearly the aim/s of research undertaken; and stated hypothesis/es. C Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * 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.

Assessment criteria

Pass Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 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.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

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.

Disability support

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.

Subject curriculum

Students must complete all assessment items by the due date to receive PASS grade (UGP) for PSYC71-631. Verification that students have fulfilled all assessment items must be provided to the Supervisor by the due dates shown below, and supervisor will advise Program Director that each student has completed each assessment. Students are required to also provide hard copies of the BUHREC application and clearance to the Program Director by the due dates specified below. Item Due Date: Week 2 - Supervisor Agreement Form; Week 4 - Research Proposal or Draft BUHREC Application/Submission; Week 5- BUHREC Application - Receipt; Week 12 - 1st two pages introduction and hypothesis/es.; Week 12 BUHREC Clearance if required.

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Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.