Course Title: Thesis 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis 4

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 1 2008,
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 1 2014,
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)

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)   A four year sequence of psychology in an APAC approved course.

Course Description

Thesis 4 requires you to complete a research paper in one of the APAC-approved formats, and submit it for final examination. Following examination, the paper should be prepared for publication, and submitted to a nominated journal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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.


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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify a research topic and create a title, a strong rationale for the research being proposed, and a statement of the specific research aims and hypotheses.
  2. Explain the research methodology, including participants, data collection, design, and/or other aspects as appropriate to the particular type of research.
  3. Analyse, interpret and explain the data collected in the research study.
  4. Discuss and integrate the finding of the research in the context of the existing research literature. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course will require participation in individual supervision and personal study to support your research project. You will be expected to read widely across the academic literature related to the area of study.

Teacher Guided Hours: 12

Learner Directed Hours: 108

Overview of Learning Resources

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 resources and tools for learning in this course through its online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: A 5000 word research thesis

Weighting: 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment 2: Log of minuted supervision meetings x 12 which demonstrates the development of the thesis

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4