Course Title: Thesis I

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis I

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Professor Gerard Kennedy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7457

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014C

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)   A four year sequence of psychology in an APAC approved course.   Assumed Knowledge   Referencing and scientific writing skills commensurate with honours level psychology.

Course Description

During this course you are required to complete a review of the relevant literature for your research thesis. The model to be adopted is that used by two journals: Psychological Bulletin and Annual Review of Psychology. The length of the review must be no more than 5,000 words. The literature review is to be written in APA copy/manuscript style that is publication ready (i.e., as if it were going to be submitted to a journal for peer review).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC002 Master of Clinical Pscyhology  

  • PLO 1: demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories, models and scientific underpinning of professional psychological practice and its application across behavioural and organisational systems.
  • PLO 5: demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of empirical investigation or inquiry as a scientist-practitioner, predicated on the principles of clinical psychological practice, with a variety of psychological phenomena or problems.
  • PLO 6: demonstrate the ability to undertake effective communication across a range of individual and organisational contexts to engage clients and to convey, appraise and interpret information relevant to professional practice and the client population.

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:   

  1. Critically evaluate relevant scientific literature showing evidence of logical, theoretically consistent argument.
  2. Present a comprehensive, evaluative and analytical review of the key empirical, methodological and theoretical issues underlying your area of research.
  3. Develop and present a literature review that effectively directs the reader logically to issues that require further inquiry.
  4. Demonstrate progress to address a research topic in a timely manner agreed by the supervisor or supervision team.


Overview of Learning Activities

You must learn how to: (1) search databases for relevant literature; (2) critically evaluate and synthesise scientific research; (3) identify gaps in the research literature; and (4) develop aims and hypotheses to empirically and theoretically answer questions raised by gaps identified in the research and theoretical literature.

Research Supervisor Guided Hours: 12 (includes face to face and written feedback) Learner Directed Hours: 108


Overview of Learning Resources

Students are expected to conduct literature searches of all relevant data bases located in libraries world-wide. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.   Assessment Tasks   Assessment item 1:  Evidence of search strategy and search terms   Weighting 10%   This assessment task supports CLO 1   Assessment item 2:  A 5000 word literature review   Weighting: 50%   This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3   Assessment item 3:  Log of minuted supervision meetings x 12 which demonstrate the selection of a final research topic, progress in literature review and review of methodology to address selected topic   Weighting 40%   This assessment supports CLO 4