RESEARCH PROJECT IN PSYCHOLOGY A

PSY3RPA

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

Research Project in Psychology A is a capstone subject, the function of which is to develop entrepreneurial thinking. A topic exemplifying one of the School's research areas is the focus for these activities. Students gain experience in designing a research study, applying for ethics approval and acquiring funding to conduct the study. They develop team-work skills and skills in communicating using contemporary technologies. Relevant themes in psychology are covered, as well as ethical issues relevant to the conduct of scientific research. Practical experience with tasks contributing to assessment activities is provided in tutorials, and themes introduced in project group seminars are expanded in online self-guided learning activities. PSY3RPA addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential, which includes the capacity to apply theory, locate and synthesize knowledge resources, prioritize action and manage associated risks, as well as the ability to effectively communicate while collaboratively and creatively resolving complex social problems.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhilippe Chouinard

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following course codes: SHP, SBPS, SBBS, BVBBSW, SBPSW, SZPSOT, LWLBS, LWLPS, SBPSB, RBBS, LWLPY, LWLPYB, SHPYB, SHPYW and must have passed [PSY1HPM and PSY2PRM] and three of the following subjects [PSY2ACH, PSY2DEV, PSY2COG or PSY2SOC]

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY3RSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an ability to justify empirical research by identifying, collecting, organising and reviewing appropriate literature.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial exercises, online class discussions and self-directed reading. Summative: The requirements to demonstrate understanding and evaluate material covered are included in the marking criteria for the literature review. The online quizzes also assess understanding of how to find, organise and review literature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Work effectively in a team to creatively problem solve methods to test hypotheses drawn from analysis of a research area.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial exercises, online class discussions and self-directed reading. Summative: Demonstration of creative problem solving is included in the marking criteria for the ethics application and the literature review. Participation marks awarded by peers and project leaders reflect effective team work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Apply requirements for the ethical use of information in the design and conduct of research, particularly as this relates to solving complex social or psychological problems.

Activities:
Formative: Class scenario-based ethics exercises, online class discussions and self-directed reading. Summative: Preparation of an ethics application which demonstrates these features. Online quiz questions about research ethics.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Locate appropriate sources of funding for research, able to support entrepreneurial research activities.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial exercises, online class discussions and self-directed reading. Summative: Knowledge about sources of research funding is included in quiz questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Be familiar with a wide range of research methodologies, able to be used to investigate psychological issues.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises and self-directed learning activities. Summative: Online quizzes evaluate knowledge of research methodologies and valid research questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilippe Chouinard

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Online learning materials equivalent to one 1-hour lecture per week"

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1000 words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Grant application (1800 words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (equivalent to 250 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilippe Chouinard

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Online learning materials equivalent to one 1-hour lecture per week"

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1000 words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Grant application (1800 words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (equivalent to 250 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilippe Chouinard

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Online learning materials equivalent to one 1-hour lecture per week"

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1000 words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Grant application (1800 words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (equivalent to 250 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05