RESEARCH PROJECT IN PSYCHOLOGY A

PSY3RPA

2016

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-ordinatorPauleen Bennett

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (One of PSY1EFP or PSY1PYA) and (One of PSY1CFP or PSY1PYB) and PSY1HPM and PSY2PRM. Enrolment in this unit is restricted. Admission into SHP or SBPS or SBBS or BVBBSW or SBPSW or SZPSOT or LWLBS or LWLPS or SBPSB or RBBS. Other students must obtain the approval of the subject coordinator prior to enrolment.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY3RSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand and evaluate key historical and theoretical features of a major area of psychological research.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial exercises, class discussions and presentations. Summative: The requirements to demonstrate understanding and evaluate material covered are included in the marking criteria for the literature review. The online quizes also assess understanding of the material studied.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Demonstrate independent learning and application of knowledge through research and analysis of psychological topics, plus collaborative problem solving, teamwork and effective communication in developing research objectives.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial exercises, class discussions and presentations. Summative: The requirements to demonstrate independent learning and application of knowledge are included in the marking criteria for the literature review and the grant application.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

03. Display creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship through demonstrated depth and breadth of analysis of conceptual and empirical psychological research themes.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Online quiz. Demonstration of creative problem solving is included in the marking criteria for the grant application and the literature review.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Understand and apply requirements for the ethical use of information and the design and conduct of research, particularly as this relates to solving complex social or psychological problems requiring innovative thinking.

Activities:
Formative: Class scenario-based ethics exercises. Summative: Preparation of an ethics application which demonstrates these features as specified in the marking criteria.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

05. Demonstrate an ability to plan empirical research by identifying appropriate designs, sampling techniques, and analysis for a range of psychological topics. Planning in this case includes locating appropriate sources of funding and writing a compelling funding proposal, able to support entrepreneurial activities.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Online quizzes. Demonstration of planning is included in the marking criteria for the grant application.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

06. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively about psychological research through production of an application to an external funding body for financial support regarding a psychological research topic.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial presentations. Summative: The marking criteria for the grant application and the literature review include assessment items to do with this theme.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

07. Show capacity to constructively review the work of others and to reflect on own written communication, which is essential for effective innovation and entrepreneurship

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Online quizzes. Participation marks awarded by peers and project leader.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPauleen Bennett

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture 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 two 1-hour lectures per week"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Participation in Preparation of Group Ethics Application (equivalent to 500 words)5 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Literature Review (1000 words)20 01, 02, 03, 06
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,000 words)20 01, 03, 05
Research Grant Application (2,000 words)45 02, 03, 05, 06
Participation in Project Conceptualisation and Design (equivalent to 500 words)10 02, 06, 07

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPauleen Bennett

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture 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 two 1-hour lectures per week"

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Participation in Preparation of Group Ethics Application (equivalent to 500 words)5 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Literature Review (1000 words)20 01, 02, 03, 06
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,000 words)20 01, 03, 05
Research Grant Application (2,000 words)45 02, 03, 05, 06
Participation in Project Conceptualisation and Design (equivalent to 500 words)10 02, 06, 07

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPauleen Bennett

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture 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 two 1-hour lectures per week"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Participation in Preparation of Group Ethics Application (equivalent to 500 words)5 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Literature Review (1000 words)20 01, 02, 03, 06
Online Quizzes (equivalent to 1,000 words)20 01, 03, 05
Research Grant Application (2,000 words)45 02, 03, 05, 06
Participation in Project Conceptualisation and Design (equivalent to 500 words)10 02, 06, 07