PSYC410 - Honours Thesis a
Psychology is a scientific discipline from which stems a profession that is guided by evidence based practice. As such, training in the skills pertaining to both the critical analysis of research literature, and the conduct of research is at the core of any psychology course. At a 4th year level, you are expected to develop, conduct and report your own research project. This expectation is explicitly stated in the APAC accreditation guidelines for 4th year courses. This unit is the first of two units designed to support students in this process. In particular, this unit provides support for the conduct and write-up of a literature review document. Although students receive project-specific support from a thesis supervisor, the unit is designed to provide training on the generic skills that underpin the successful write up of a literature review, either in a narrative or systematic literature review format. In addition to this, this unit provides support in the process of developing a research project, including (a) the production of a research proposal document and (b) the submission of an application for ethics review to the HREC. As part of this support and training, students will review and discuss foundational research ethics principles of (a) respect, (b) research merit and integrity, (c) justice and (d) beneficence. Students will also apply their understanding of these principles in the development of their specific research project.