PSYCHOL 7245 - Research Project in Health Psychology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7245 Course Research Project in Health Psychology II Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 9 Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7230 and PSYCHOL 7244 Restrictions Available to M Psych (Health) students only Course Description This is an empirically-based research project on a topic of relevance to health psychology to be pursued under the guidance of one or more supervisors (at least one of whom shall be a member of the School of Psychology). The project should be structured so that the students participate in all of the steps involved in the research, including the formulation of the research question(s), the design of the study including the selection of appropriate methodology, the collection and analysis of data, the interpretation of the findings, and the preparation of the report.
Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Oxlad
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will:
1. Be able to review and analyse critically research in a specific area of health psychology.
2. Acquire knowledge and competency in the design and completion of research studies in health psychology.
3. Acquire and apply skills in critical analysis.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThe Course Coordinator will provide relevant resources and information on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Vikki Langton, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as forms, templates and additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni as follows: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Supervisor and trainee meet regularly in formal scheduled supervision meetings. The amount of supervision required will depend on the development needs of the trainee and the stage of progression of the literature review and research project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A research report of 6000-8000 words of an original empirical study.
This task should constitute approximately 6 months of full-time student work (or the equivalent).
Learning Activities SummaryAs this subject involves research no formal lectures are mandated. The Learning Activities depend upon the nature of the research project and developmental needs of the trainee. The Learning Activities reflect the Learning Outcomes stated.
Specific Course RequirementsOn the initial enrolment into this Master’s program, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
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Assessment SummaryPlease note that this course is exempt from Procedure 1a of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Students will submit a research report of 6000-8000 words of an original empirical study, focused upon a topic with relevance to Health Psychology.
Assessment DetailThe 6000-8000 word report, written in the form of a potentially publishable journal manuscript, should comprise an Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion section and be formatted in a manner consistent with the chosen journal.
SubmissionIn the case of unsatisfactory performance in this course, the student will be given an opportunity to do further work to revise and complete the research project to a satisfactory standard, with a pass being the maximum grade awarded
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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