• Class Number 3301
  • Term Code 3140
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Iain Walker
    • Prof Iain Walker
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 10/05/2021
  • Class End Date 19/07/2021
  • Census Date 28/05/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 17/05/2021
SELT Survey Results

The course will involve seminars and/or research programs to be supervised by staff members or visitors to the ANU. The format of this course will depend on the availability and interests of staff in given years. NB: This is a restricted entry course and students will be notified about the procedure for application to the Director of the Research School of Psychology before the start of each semester.

Topic options will be announced prior to the commencement of first semester.

As this course comprises advanced study it is primarily aimed at students intending to apply for Honours in psychology, and will usually require a minimum average mark of 65 in Psychology courses.

Note: This is an Honours Pathway Course that involves material of a greater conceptual difficulty and research orientation than a typical Group C course.

Research-Led Teaching

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

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

How students will be given feedback depends on the specific special topics they are in. Please see relevant course outline on Wattle for more information.

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 consent is required to enrol in this course. Enrollment is not guaranteed, but instead contingent on availability of places and acceptance may be on a competitive basis. Furthermore, please also note that there is a restriction of a maximum of three successful completions of PSYC3023 for any student. That is, students may enrol in PSYC3023 a maximum of three times during the course of their undergraduate career (not including enrolments in which an N or NCN was ultimately awarded). However, students may not complete more than two special topics of the same format. For example, a common format of PSYC3023 is that of individual and group-based research projects. If students complete two individual and/or group-based research projects as part of PSYC3023, they will not be allowed to enrol in a third. In this example, the third enrolment opportunity must entail a completely different structure (e.g., if the format of PSYC3023 was lecture-based or on-line). Furthermore, if two enrolments occur, students are not permitted to repeat the identical course (i.e., while they could successfully complete PSYC3023 twice, it would need to be different projects under this course code).

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. A range of special topics projects offered is each semester, each with 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 Learning Outcomes
Assessment depends on specific special topics project student enrols in 100 % 1

* 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Assessment depends on specific special topics project student enrols in

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the session of enrolment

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 our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community 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 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 University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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).
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