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PSY4101 Psychology Honours Project A

Semester 1, 2023 Online
Units : 2
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 7 June 2023


Course Coordinator: Yong Goh


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (12302 Psychology) or BSHP or MRES (19112 Psychology). BPSH students need to apply for manual enrolment in this course.


This is the first of two courses that contribute towards the Psychology Honours Project. The overall project will involve an individual piece of research in a selected area of psychology in which information concerning an approved topic is gathered, organised, analysed and discussed in a critical and evaluative manner. The research requires advanced knowledge of research methodology and appropriate techniques for analysing data.

This course is a competency-based course, and assessment items must be successfully completed to pass the course. These competency items form part of the UniSQ accreditation agreement with Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

This course enables students to develop evidence-based skills through the completion of a research project. Students are required to decide on a topic; submit an ethics application and research proposal; commence their review of the literature; begin the operational phase of their research; and submit a progress report near the end of the semester.

BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses. These students will have to be manually enrolled.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. formulate a research question and/or hypotheses based on previous literature in the chosen field;
  2. determine an appropriate methodology that will address the particular research question and/or hypotheses;
  3. select and/or develop any materials necessary for the conduct of the project (e.g., surveys, interviews);
  4. Identify ethical issues inherent within the chosen project and address these issues in a manner that is consistent with Australian Psychological Society guidelines and the National Statement of Human Research Ethics via gaining ethics approval or an exemption for the proposed research project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. To be determined by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

American Psychological Association 2020, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edn, APA, Washington DC.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Research (thesis) No 100 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Research (proposal) No 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Planning document No 1,2,3,4
Date printed 7 June 2023