• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Iain Walker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
    First Semester 2023
    Autumn Session 2023
    Winter Session 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    Spring Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.

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. Topic options will be announced on the RSP web page prior to the commencement of the semester. More information on the special topics available can be found at https://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics


Note. This is an Honours Pathway Course that involves material of a greater conceptual difficulty and research orientation than non-Honours Pathway courses.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pursue a sustained, guided critical investigation and evaluation of a topic relevant to psychology.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Work constructively with active researchers on issues relevant to psychology.
  4. Communicate research concepts and results effectively in appropriate formats.

Other Information

The Special Topics course can be completed a maximum of two times; students cannot repeat the course with an identical topic. 


Information on how to enrol can be found at https://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics

Indicative Assessment

  1. The nature and weighting of assessment items will vary widely and be customised in negotiation with each student depending on the Special Topic. An example assessment structure is: (null) [LO null]
  2. Review of the literature to develop a learning/research plan (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation of a theoretical or empirical project (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. A summary paper (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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.

Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester which will include regular meetings with the supervisor and a large component of self-study which will include preparation for any presentations and other assessment tasks.


Assessment tasks will vary depending on the project.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

A permission code is required to enrol in this course. Students admitted to this course will usually require a minimum average mark of 65 in Psychology courses.

You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
4B
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1279 01 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 31 Mar 2023 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3173 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3260 01 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 30 Jun 2023 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4277 01 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6167 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6240 01 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 In Person N/A

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