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PSYC71-401: Honours Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,950
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,110

Learning outcomes

1. Design a psychological study: frame research questions; undertake literature searches; critique theoretical and empirical studies; formulate hypotheses; operationalise variables; choose an appropriate methodology.
2. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
3. Evaluate psychologists' behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the APS Code of Ethics and the complimentary Ethical Guidelines.
4. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts.
5. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020