PSYCHOL 4311A - Honours Psychology Research Project Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This component involves a series of tasks necessarily for the preparation of the Honours research project (to be undertaken in Semester 2), including the preparation of a research proposal. Students will be expected to attend a series of lectures relevant to Honours research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 4311A
    Course Honours Psychology Research Project Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 3011B and PSYCHOL 3021 and PSYCHOL 3023 and PSYCHOL 3020 or admitted to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree
    Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B. Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Dry

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrated original and useful contribution to psychological knowledge;

    2. Mastery of the content of psychology areas across the discipline

    3. Ability to develop clear arguments that justify the research aims of the proposed project

    4. Deep understanding of sound research methodology in psychology

    5. The ability to apply appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis; and

    6. A critical awareness of the implications of the findings as well as the strengths and limitations of the research project

    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.

    1, 2, 3

    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.

    2, 4, 6

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    2, 4, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2, 4, 5, 6

    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.

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Internet access, access to a computer
    Online Learning
    Material from the sessions offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni.

    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
    - Communication with the teaching team via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of summative assessment
    - Access to additional readings and internet resources
    - Self-directed learning activities
    - Assessment preparation materials
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The L&T activities will take the form of face-to-face ‘Workshops’ that will be part lecture, and part interactive activities where students will work with their peers and the instructors to problem-solve and develop research related skills and knowledge. Some of the activities will require independent development out of session that will then be brought along to the Workshop (i.e., a ‘flipped learning’ format). Students will be specifically directed towards University-based learning resources such as Faculty Librarians, the Writing Centre, the Maths Learning Centre, the English Language Centre, etc as appropriate.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    12 x 2 hour Workshops = 24 hours
    Group presentation = 60 hours
    Research proposal = 140 hours
    Weekly reading/other study = 96 hours

    Approx 25 hours per week

    Learning Activities Summary
    The workshops will cover a range of issues specific to the development and implementation of the group oral presentation and research proposal including:

    Accesssing and using large pre-existing data sets for psychological research
    Developing research aims and hypotheses
    Mapping statistical analyses onto research aims and hypotheses 
    Developing a data plan
    Literature searching and writing a Background/Introduction
    Strategies for succesful collaborative research practice
    Managing stress and mental health during Honours
    Academic and research integrity 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Group presentation (30%) - Due mid-semester 1

    Research proposal (70%) - Due end-of-semester 1
    Assessment Detail
    Group presentation - Students will work in groups to present a 12-15 minute oral report to the class

    Research proposal – Students will submit a 2000-3000 word proposal for a program of research to be undertaken in Semester 2.
    The group oral presentation will take place and be assessed during one of the weekly on-campus classes

    Submission of the research proposal will be via an online portal on the course MyUni page
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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