- Class Number 3960
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 to 24 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Boris Bizumic
- Prof Michael Platow
- Prof Michael Smithson
- AsPr Rhonda Brown
- Dr Tegan Cruwys
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
The psychology honours specialisation is intended for students who have successfully completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology, and are interested in undertaking an independent psychological research. The honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in psychology as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can be an entry into many careers both within and outside of psychology, and a pathway to the profession of clinical psychology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to
generate new knowledge in psychology.
2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory, concepts and practice in psychology, relate these to appropriate
research and applied methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. Analyse and interpret original psychological research data with statistical or other evaluative processes
4. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in
psychology to collect original research data, and understand evidence-based assessment and intervention.
5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.
PSYC4001 is an Honours Year with Psychology Specialisation. A full time load is over 2 semesters. Students undertake a research project under the supervision of an academic from the Research School of Psychology.
The Psychology Honours Guide is available on the RSP Honours page and the Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- examination results
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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.
Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||This summary provides a general information for a student enrolling in this course for the first time. The date ranges provided are a general indication only for a student commencing and submitting their research project in the same semester. Where a student is enrolling in this course over two (or more) consecutive semesters, the final thesis due dates align with the College submissions dates for the last semester of expected enrolment and can be confirmed with the Science College Student Administration Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|2||The Honours year commences on Tuesday 29 January.|
|3||The focus of Honours is to complete a research project (thesis) and coursework. The research project is undertaken throughout the year, and the coursework components are undertaken in Semester 1 and 2. There will be milestones to complete during the year.||Please see the 2019 Honours timeline and the Honours Guide for full details regarding milestones. Thesis Submission date: 24 October 2019|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Theory and Practice in Psychology (16 2/3%)||17 %||17/05/2019||28/06/2019||2,5|
|Psychological Research Methods & Statistics (16 2/3%)||17 %||10/05/2019||28/06/2019||3,5|
|Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention (16 2/3%)||16 %||19/09/2019||28/11/2019||4,5|
|Research Thesis (50%)||50 %||24/10/2019||28/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
Please note that some of the coursework components will have exams. Please check Wattle and the examinations timetable for details.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,5
Theory and Practice in Psychology (16 2/3%)
- Concepts Paper (2,000 Words) - 45% - Due date: 14 May at 4 pm. For this assignment, you must develop a set of concepts about human behaviour, make assumptions using these concepts, derive one or more hypotheses from these concepts, and derive operationalizations of these concepts to allow you to test your hypothesis/es. You are NOT allowed to use concepts from your honours research. The concepts, assumptions, and hypotheses do NOT have to be supported by empirical evidence (i.e., you do not have to be right), so providing a review of published literature will NOT improve your mark for this assignment. The key to this assignment is your ability work in a clear and logical manner. The maximum word-count is 2,000. A detailed marking rubric will be provided on Wattle outlining the assessment criteria.
- Exam (MCQ and Short Answer) - 55% - Exam Period (TBA)
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,5
Psychological Research Methods & Statistics (16 2/3%)
- An exam, worth 48% of the marks in this block, to be held after the end of the first block, date and time TBA. The topics and types of questions will be announced ahead of time. Examinable material includes the readings, lectures, and handouts.
- One assignment, worth 48% and involving the analysis and interpretation of a data-set using appropriate multivariate techniques. This assignment is due on Friday May 10th at 4 PM.
- Viewing the online lectures and completing the online quizzes during the lectures for 4 of the Block B modules, worth 4% (1% per module). The quizzes themselves are ungraded.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 4,5
Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention (16 2/3%)
- Continuous Assessment will be completed in each of six tutorials. Each tutorial exercise is worth 10% (for a total of 60% of your mark for this stream) and will typically include both a multiple-choice quiz component and a practical component to demonstrate the development of professional skills in psychology.
- "Closing the Gap" Report on Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Social and Emotional Wellbeing (40%, 2500 word limit). This report will be due on Thursday 19th September at 4pm. A detailed marking rubric will be provided on Wattle outlining the assessment criteria.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Research Thesis (50%)
The major part of the project report will take the form of a scientific research paper, consisting of Abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references.
The research project assessment criteria will include:
- Logic, rigour, accuracy
- Internal consistency: the extent to which ideas are presented consistently and with clear progression from research questions through to conclusions
- The use of information and/or evidence to sustain argument: how and to what degree the information sourced from authorities in a field or from data collected is integrated and used to sustain the argument; clarity and accuracy in presenting data
- Demonstration of analytical and critical judgment: the extent of reflective assessment and appraisal of strengths and limitations of previous work and/or own work
- Quality of conclusions: clear statement of the meaning and relevance of findings presented through linkage to other research, potential of findings to contribute to the field and identification of further work required to confirm or extend conclusions.
The thesis submission date is 24 October 2019. Please see the Psychology Honours Guide for further details
The date ranges used in the Assessment Summary are indicative and will vary if the project is completed in accordance with a full-time load (48 units over 2 consecutive semesters of enrolment) or part-time (48 units take over 3 or more semesters).
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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.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Please check the Wattle web-page and coursework components for further details.
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.
Resubmission of Assignments
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Dr Boris Bizumic
Prof Michael Platow
Prof Michael Smithson
AsPr Rhonda Brown