Course Title: Thesis I

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis I

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr. Prasad Podugu

Course Coordinator Phone: +6139925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 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.
  • 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 Task 1: Literature Review Plan

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 2: Literature Review

Weighting 50%

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