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Research Proposal (PSYC90003)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90003
Year Long
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To guide students in the development of an applied research project cognate to their area of professional training, in accordance with the current APAC standard that "the project must be designed so that each student is required to undertake all of the steps involved in conducting an empirical investigation or enquiry". The project can take a number of forms, including an experimental single case study, critical review and meta-analysis, critical review and secondary data analysis, a laboratory-based empirical research study, prospective clinical research, or, in the case of PhD graduates enrolled in the Master of Psychology, an article suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal of international standing. Students must have at least one research supervisor within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the study of clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical clinical research and of the responsibilities of researchers
  • Comprehend the selection of appropriate statistical techniques to appraise scientific data; and have the ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and professional literature


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology
  • Conduct a review of the appropriate literature
  • Produce a written study proposal
  • Present the study rationale and methodology in oral form in a departmental forum


Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced critical appraisal of published research literature and evidence
  • Expertly synthesise, interpret and integrate research findings from multiple sources.

Generic skills

Students will develop a greater critical appreciation of scholarly work and develop their own skills in formulating and addressing problems. They will refine their writing and communication skills, and learn to develop and sustain written and oral argument.

Last updated: 24 August 2019