• Class Number 6172
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Anne Aimola Davies
    • David Berle
    • Prof Michael Platow
    • Dr Seamus Donnelly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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
where appropriate.
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.

Research-Led Teaching

PSYC4011 is an Honours Year with a Psychology Specialisation. A full-time load is over two semesters.

Students undertake a research project under the supervision of an academic from the Research School of Psychology.

Examination Material or equipment

For approved dictionaries in accordance with ANU Policies, please see link http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/assessment-arrangements-for-students-from-language

The Honours in Psychology Program Guide 2023 is available on the PSYC4011 Wattle site.

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.
  • Webcam.
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g., headset).
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband is recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi, then check that the 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 link https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • examination results
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group, etc.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

The University is returning to on campus teaching delivery for all in person courses, for all students, in the second half 2023. Remote adjustments will not be offered from the 1st of July, 2023 and international students will be required to be on campus studying in-person.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The Semester 2 Honours year commences on Monday 24 July 2023.The standard pattern of enrolment for a full-time student is 24 units x 2 consecutive semesters. This summary provides general information for a student enrolling in this course for the first time.
Where a student is enrolling in this course over three (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 (science.enquiries@anu.edu.au).
2 The focus of Honours is to complete a research project (thesis) and coursework. The research project is undertaken throughout the year of enrolment, and the coursework components are undertaken in Semester 2, 2023 and Semester 1, 2024. There will be milestones to complete during the year. Full details of milestones and assessment requirements will be provided at the beginning of Semester 2, in the 'Honours in Psychology Program Guide 2023'.Thesis Submission date is 26 October 2023.

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Theory and Practice in Psychology (16 2/3%) 17 % * 1,2,3,4,5
Psychological Research Methods & Statistics (16 2/3%) 17 % * 1,2,3,4,5
Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention (16 2/3%) 17 % * 1,2,3,4,5
Research Thesis (50%) 50 % 26/10/2023 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


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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


Please note that some of the coursework components will have exams. Please check the PSYC4011 Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable for details.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 17 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Theory and Practice in Psychology (16 2/3%)

  • Concepts Paper (2,000 Words) - 45% - Proposed Due Date: TBA. 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 to work in a clear and logical manner. The maximum word-count is 2,000. A detailed marking rubric will be provided on the PSYC4011 Wattle site outlining the assessment criteria.


  • Exam (Short Answer) - 55% - Exam Period (TBA)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 17 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Psychological Research Methods & Statistics (16 2/3%)

  • An exam, worth 48% of the marks in this unit, to be held mid-term (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 (Due date TBA).
  • 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

Value: 17 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention (16 2/3%)

  • Weekly quiz (15 multiple-choice questions, 5% x 6 weeks = 30%, due at the end of each teaching week). This open-book quiz covers both the set readings for the week and the workshop content.
  • Weekly reflection (No more than two pages, 5% x 6 weeks = 30%, due at the end of each teaching week). You are encouraged to use these personal reflections to integrate and build on your learning and experiences from the week’s workshop, tutorial activities and readings and as part of developing a professional identity.
  • Tutorial practical activities (Hurdle assessment: Competency for each of the 6 tutorials required to pass the course). Each week’s tutorial will include a key activity, such as practising core skills in psychological assessment, interviewing and intervention. Each week’s activities will be assessed on a competency basis (Competent or Not Yet Competent; no marks will be attached) based on (i) the submission of your summary from the tutorial activity to Wattle (one-page maximum, handwritten notes will be accepted); and (ii) your willingness to learn from and implement feedback received from your tutor during the activities.  Competency does not mean perfection, but rather a satisfactory attempt at the activity, which shows an appropriate level of understanding of the material covered in the week, genuine engagement with the activity, and a willingness to learn from feedback (both from your tutor and fellow group members). Students assessed as NYC will be given additional opportunities either during the tutorial or after the tutorial to practise the skills and demonstrate competency.
  • Final report (40%, 2500 words, due after mid-semester break). You will prepare a submission to government advocating for the development of a new psychological initiative or program, with specific details to be provided at the beginning of the course. This task requires you to apply your knowledge of evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention while writing persuasively and succinctly for a non-technical audience. A detailed marking rubric and examples will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 26/10/2023
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, 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 the 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 26 October 2023. Please see the 'Honours in Psychology Program Guide 2022' 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 taken over 2 consecutive semesters of enrolment) or part-time (48 units taken over 3 or more semesters).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignments. Please keep a copy of the assignments 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 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Please check the PSYC4011 Wattle site for further details.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

Please check the PSYC4011 Wattle site for further details.

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).

AsPr Anne Aimola Davies

Research Interests

Cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, specifically of visual and somatosensory attention, and belief formation

AsPr Anne Aimola Davies

By Appointment
David Berle

Research Interests

Cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, specifically of visual and somatosensory attention, and belief formation

David Berle

By Appointment
Prof Michael Platow

Research Interests

Prof Michael Platow

By Appointment
Dr Seamus Donnelly

Research Interests

Cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, specifically of visual and somatosensory attention, and belief formation

Dr Seamus Donnelly

By Appointment

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