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PSYC71-505: Research Methods, Professional Practice and Ethics May 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides training in research methods and evaluation, professional practice, and ethics as applied to the professional practice of psychology. The subject is taught in two sections. In section 1, students receive formal academic training in learning how to manage ethical issues that arise in professional settings. The professional aspects of psychological practice are also addressed. This section includes a review of the APS Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines as applied to ethical dilemmas. Relevant legislative requirements as they relate to the practice of psychology and the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce are also covered. In section 2, students receive advanced training in the application of research to treatment planning and evaluating treatment outcomes. Research methods used in the applied practice of psychology, such as case studies and single case designs are discussed, and qualitative and quantitative data analytic techniques employed in applied research are examined. Students learn to identify psychological questions arising from legal theory and/or professional practice and how to design research strategies to address these questions in a manner helpful to non-psychologists and the field of public policy and legislation more broadly. There is an emphasis on how to critically appraise the strengths and limitations of various research strategies, and on developing an understanding of the unique ethical issues that arise when conducting research in professional contexts.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-505
Subject title:Research Methods, Professional Practice and Ethics
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at lectures is compulsory.

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • Morrissey, S., Reddy, P., Davidson, G., & Allan, A. (2015). Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists.. Melbourne: Cengage
  • Australian Psychological Society (2007). Code of Ethics. Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Psychological Society
  • Michael C Roberts & Stephan Ilardi (2003). Handbook of research methods in clinical psychology. [Book]
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • 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.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

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 and behaviour consistent with the ethical, legal and professional requirements of psychological practice.
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of systematic psychological assessment.
  3. Demonstrate the application of research knowledge and skills to psychological practice.
  4. Demonstrate excellent written communication skills.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Professional Practice and Ethics Assignment 30% Week 5 1, 4.
Essay Program Evaluation 40% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) End of Semester Examination 30% Final Examination Period 1, 3.
  • * 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

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.

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 late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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

Overview of Course/Ethical Values and Principles Underlying Research

Relevant legislation, ethics codes and human rights

Ethical decision making

Professional practice standards

Single case research designs

Qualitative research methods

Research ethics

Research dissemination

Expert evidence and forensic mental health issues

Ethical issues in supervision and training

Working with minority populations

Review and exam preparation

Approved on: Apr 13, 2018. Edition: 4.2