Course Title: Thesis 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
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

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

Thesis 2 requires you to  develop a research proposal of no more than 2000 words outlining the research that you are intending to undertake within the Master of Psychology program. Where necessary, an application for research ethics approval will also be completed in this Course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify a research topic,  create a title, a strong rationale for the research being proposed, and a statement of the specific research question(s) to be asked.
  2. Articulate and justify a research methodology, including participants, data collection, design, and/or other aspects as appropriate to the particular type of research.
  3. Provide evidence of a sound understanding of data analysis principles, including rationale for choices.
  4. Produce a detailed budget for the research (not included in 2,000 words), using the Discipline budget pro-forma.
  5. Prepare a submission to the research ethics committee, should the project require ethics approval (not included in 2,000 words).

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • 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: demonstrated 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities associated with this course will require your participation in individual supervision and personal study to support your research proposal and ethics application (as necessary).
You will be expected to read widely the academic literature related to your areas of study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Your learning resources for this course will be guided by your thesis supervisor in terms of specific readings, references, and library resources. You will also be guided to relevant on line resources and agencies.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will require the submission of your research proposal to your course co-ordinator for  assessment and, as necessary, an Ethics application to the appropriate RMIT committee..
For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: