• Class Number 8158
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Michael Platow
    • Prof Michael Platow
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

The course will involve research experiences relevant to the study of psychology. The format will depend on the research opportunities available each year. Formats might include conducting a research project, working with postgraduate students, participating in research conferences, winter/summer research intensives, and online research courses for example. All opportunities will be supervised by a member of the Research School of Psychology , and options available each year will be posted on a dedicated wattle site.  This is a restricted entry course, applications should occur through the course convenor.

This is an Honours Pathway Course. Enrolment in PSYC3030 is only available for BPsyc (Hons) students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A student who has completed this course will be able to: Depending on the research project.


Demonstrate a basic and knowledge of one of the core topics in psychology  (LO1)


Describe psychology as a scientific discipline, and describe psychological phenomena using the concepts and language of the discipline (LO2)


Undertake and/or understand statistical and research design (LO3)


Locate, evaluate and use information appropriately in the research process (LO4)


Apply knowledge of the scientific method in psychological research (LO5)


Evaluate and consider behaviour using different theoretical and methodological approaches (LO6)


Use information in an ethical manner (LO7)


Exhibit a scientific attitude to critically thinking about and analysing human behaviour (LO8)


Collaborate effectively (LO9)


Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning (LO10)

Research-Led Teaching

This course uniquely offers students the opportunity to directly engage in aspects of the research process. Depending on specific research project, this course may include development of experimental design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and oral and written communication and results.

Staff Feedback

How students will be given feedback depends on specific project. Please see relevant course outline on Wattle.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note that permission to enrol is required. Enrollment is not guaranteed, but instead contingent on availability of places and acceptance may be on a competitive basis.

For more information about Special Topics including projects being offered, please see here: http://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics. For other questions, please contact enquiries.psychology@anu.edu.au.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Activities will depend on the special topic. There are a range of special topics projects offered each semester, each has its own requirement. Please check with individual project supervisor and Wattle for final official information. The information about specific projects is currently available on our website http://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assessment depends on specific special topics project student enrols in. Please see relevant course outline on Wattle. 100 % 22/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Depending on specific projects, students may be required to participate in group discussions. Information provided in course outline for specific project on Wattle.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Due Date: 22/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Assessment depends on specific special topics project student enrols in. Please see relevant course outline on Wattle.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Assessment depends on specific special topics project student enrols in. Please see relevant course outline on Wattle.

Example assessment

Written Report (90%)

Data collection (hurdle requirement)

Oral Presentation (10%)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Michael Platow
612 58457

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Prof Michael Platow

Prof Michael Platow
612 58457

Research Interests

Prof Michael Platow

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