RESEARCH PROJECT IN PSYCHOLOGY A

PSY3RPA

2019

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 into one of the following course codes: SHP or SBPS or SBBS or BVBBSW or SBPSW or SZCYPS or SZPSOT or LWLBS or LWLPS or SBPSB or RBBS or LWLPY or LWLPYB or SHPYB or SHPYW or LZCPY or LZCPYB 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. Analyse and evaluate 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 as a team to solve problems creatively and test hypotheses drawn from an analysis in 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:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and 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)
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)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)

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:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and 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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
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)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)

04. Locate appropriate sources of funding for research that could be used 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 and be able to apply this knowledge to investigate psychological issues empirically.

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)

06. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences and show sensitivity to the diversity across people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, when applying knowledge and skills of psychology.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises and self-directed learning activities. Summative: Online quizzes on awareness of cultural differences and how this could be applicable when carrying out research.
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, 2019, 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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This session will be run for all students on the Bundoora campus"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1,000-words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (1,200-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Grant application (1,800-words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (250-words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Bendigo, 2019, 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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This session will be run for all students on the Bundoora campus"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1,000-words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (1,200-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Grant application (1,800-words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (250-words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2019, 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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This session will be run for all students on the Bundoora campus"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1,000-words)25 01, 02, 05
Online Quizzes (1,200-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Grant application (1,800-words)35 01, 02, 03
Participation in tutorial and project group discussions (250-words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06