Psychology

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PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Psychology) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework core units, and
(ii) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours selective units according to the following rules
(a) 12 credit points of Advanced Seminar units, or
(b) 12 credit points of Theoretical Thesis units
(iii) 24 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Core

PSYC4000 Foundations of Professional Psychology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Stephen Touyz Session: Intensive August Classes: 1 x 2 hour lectures x 7 weeks, 1 x 2 hour practical x 6 weeks Prerequisites: [24cp of PSYC3XXX including PSYC3010] or [18cp of PSYC3XXX including PSYC3010 and (HPSC3023 or SCPU3001)] Assessment: Written assignment (30%); tutorial quizes (20%); 2hr exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission is required
Foundations of Professional Psychology is designed to equip you with the knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills that provide the foundation for professional practice in psychology. It will build upon the background in psychological science established in the undergraduate Psychology program to develop your understanding and capacity for critical evaluation of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of major cognitive and personality assessment instruments, and the development and implementation of evidence-based psychological interventions. Through the lectures, practical activities and assessments, you will also develop an understanding of current regulatory and legal contexts, including the National Health Practitioner Regulation Act 2009, NSW, Co-Regulatory Jurisdiction Standards, and mandatory reporting requirements. You will also be introduced to the Australian National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. Lectures on ethical practice will cover key issues in the psychology profession's Code of Conduct including Professional Relationships and the importance of confidentiality, informed consent and record keeping. The implications of cultural diversity and the factors that need to be considered in culturally informed practice will also be illustrated and evaluated. This unit will meet the accreditation criteria for Honours programs in Psychology and provide students with the essential foundations for psychological practice in a range of contexts.
Textbooks
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PSYC4125 Advanced Psychometrics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: DrDamian Birney Session: Semester 1 Classes: 15 x 2hr lectures (2 lectures /week for 8 weeks), 9 x 2hr tutorials (1 tutorial / week for 9 weeks) Assessment: mid-semester exam (50%), end of semester exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit must be taken by all Psychology Honours students as it is part of the accredited pathway.
Studying psychology means posing problems, generating hypotheses, designing experiments observing human behaviour, testing your hypotheses, interpreting and evaluating data, and determining how to follow up on your findings. This unit of study will expand your knowledge of core conceptual, statistical and analytical approaches available to the broad research areas in psychology and related disciplines. You will investigate fundamental issues surrounding psychological measurement and hypothesis testing. Hands on experience will be gained in the application of statistics and psychometrics to the types of data commonly collected in psychological research. By undertaking this unit you will develop a critical and analytical approach towards measurement and psychometric theories, and an understanding of statistical techniques based on the general linear model.

Honours Advanced Seminar

PSYC4123 Advanced Psychology Seminar A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture/discussion 2 hrs/week Corequisites: PSYC4124 Assumed knowledge: Have sound knowledge of the main areas of psychological science as well as training in empirical research methods and statistics, and should be able to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate psychological research Assessment: weekly papers (10%), presentation (25%), essay (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit and PSYC4124 must be taken by all Psychology Honours students, in their first semester, except those who take Advanced Theoretical Psychology (PSYC4107 and PSYC4108) instead.
The skills needed to understand the state of contemporary research on a topic are important for psychology graduates to acquire. These skills involve engaging critically and deeply with the primary research literature - that is, the journal articles that report on advances in knowledge. In this unit of study, for a particular topic in psychology, you will analyse multiple articles, evaluating their credibility and gaining insights into their specific implications. By then synthesizing multiple pieces of research for a particular topic, you will arrive at a picture of what we know, and what our best theories are. This process will be facilitated via class discussion of research articles, including in the context of a presentation you will make regarding one or more articles. Writing an essay on some aspect of the issues discussed will further develop your analysis and synthesis skills. The topic of these assessments will be different from that of your empirical honours thesis, but the analysis and synthesis skills development will be useful for thesis writing as well as for inquiry in other domains.
PSYC4124 Advanced Psychology Seminar B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture/discussion 2 hrs/week Corequisites: PSYC4123 Assumed knowledge: Students should have sound knowledge of the main areas of psychological science as well as training in empirical research methods and statistics, and should be able to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate psychological research Assessment: weekly papers (10%), presentation (25%), essay (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit and PSYC4123 must be taken by all Psychology Honours students, in their first semester, except those who take Advanced Theoretical Psychology (PSYC4107 and PSYC4108) instead.
The skills needed to understand the state of contemporary research on a topic are important for psychology graduates to acquire. These skills involve engaging critically and deeply with the primary research literature - that is, the journal articles that report on advances in knowledge. In this unit of study, for a particular topic in psychology, you will analyse multiple articles, evaluating their credibility and gaining insights into their specific implications. By then synthesizing multiple pieces of research for a particular topic, you will arrive at a picture of what we know, and what our best theories are. This process will be facilitated via class discussion of research articles, including in the context of a presentation you will make regarding one or more articles. Writing an essay on some aspect of the issues discussed will further develop your analysis and synthesis skills. The topic of these assessments will be different from that of your empirical honours thesis, but the analysis and synthesis skills development will be useful for thesis writing as well as for inquiry in other domains.

Honours Theoretical Thesis

PSYC4107 Advanced Theoretical Psychology A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Fiona Hibberd Session: Semester 1 Classes: weekly supervision Prerequisites: HPSC3023 Corequisites: PSYC4108 Assumed knowledge: Have understanding of key themes in the History and Philosophy of Psychology, including knowing what it means to test psychology's theories, presuppositions, etc. conceptually, through theoretical research, and will have had some preliminary experience of conducting such research. Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is an alternative to the two Advanced Psychology seminars in the Psychology Honours program. It will provide you with the opportunity to solve a theoretical problem or answer a theoretical question, i. e. , one which cannot be solved or answered by any empirical test, and it culminates in the production of an 8, 000 word thesis. You will receive individual weekly supervision and will learn the research methods involved in conceptual analysis and advanced critical thinking. Your research will examine a concept, theory, model or general approach that is currently influential but requires evaluation. It will involve outlining any relevant history, analysing conceptual problems, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. The research will greatly enhance your understanding of an area in Psychology and the ethics of argumentation, your critical thinking abilities, information literacy, your ability to plan and work independently, and your ability to communicate in writing to a professional standard. It will also help the thinking and writing of your empirical thesis.
PSYC4108 Advanced Theoretical Psychology B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Fiona Hibberd Session: Intensive June Classes: weekly supervision Prerequisites: HPSC3023 Corequisites: PSYC4107 Assumed knowledge: Have understanding of key themes in the History and Philosophy of Psychology, including knowing what it means to test psychology's theories, presuppositions, etc. conceptually, through theoretical research, and will have had some preliminary experience of conducting such research. Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study functions to extend PSYC4107 beyond semester 1 through to August. During this period, you will complete the research undertaken for PSYC4107, finish the writing of your theoretical thesis and prepare it for submission.

Honours Core Research Project

PSYC4103 Psychology Honours Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 1 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Enrolment is by invitation only - for honours students in their first semester.
This research project is arguably the culmination for your undergraduate studies. Not only will you apply the content knowledge, research skills, and statistical acumen you have gained in your other psychology units of study, you will also create your own independent research question. Specifically, you will participate in all of the steps involved in research including formulation of research questions, the design of the study including selection of appropriate methodology, and the collection and analysis of data to test the research question. Most importantly, you will interpret the findings and write a thesis reporting all phases of the project. By doing this you may create new knowledge, and you will improve your research skills, cultivate your critical thinking, and demonstrate your ability to carry out a substantial research and writing project.
PSYC4104 Psychology Honours Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: PSYC4103 Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This research project is arguably the culmination for your undergraduate studies. Not only will you apply the content knowledge, research skills, and statistical acumen you have gained in your other psychology units of study, you will also create your own independent research question. Specifically, you will participate in all of the steps involved in research including formulation of research questions, the design of the study including selection of appropriate methodology, and the collection and analysis of data to test the research question. Most importantly, you will interpret the findings and write a thesis reporting all phases of the project. By doing this you may create new knowledge, and you will improve your research skills, cultivate your critical thinking, and demonstrate your ability to carry out a substantial research and writing project.
PSYC4105 Psychology Honours Research Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: PSYC4104 Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This research project is arguably the culmination for your undergraduate studies. Not only will you apply the content knowledge, research skills, and statistical acumen you have gained in your other psychology units of study, you will also create your own independent research question. Specifically, you will participate in all of the steps involved in research including formulation of research questions, the design of the study including selection of appropriate methodology, and the collection and analysis of data to test the research question. Most importantly, you will interpret the findings and write a thesis reporting all phases of the project. By doing this you may create new knowledge, and you will improve your research skills, cultivate your critical thinking, and demonstrate your ability to carry out a substantial research and writing project.
PSYC4106 Psychology Honours Research Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alex Holcombe Session: Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: PSYC4105 Assessment: thesis (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This research project is arguably the culmination for your undergraduate studies. Not only will you apply the content knowledge, research skills, and statistical acumen you have gained in your other psychology units of study, you will also create your own independent research question. Specifically, you will participate in all of the steps involved in research including formulation of research questions, the design of the study including selection of appropriate methodology, and the collection and analysis of data to test the research question. Most importantly, you will interpret the findings and write a thesis reporting all phases of the project. By doing this you may create new knowledge, and you will improve your research skills, cultivate your critical thinking, and demonstrate your ability to carry out a substantial research and writing project.