Course Title: Thesis 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Assocaite Professor Leila Karimi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Thesis 2 requires you to develop a research proposal of no more than 2000 words outlining the research that you intend to undertake within the Master of Psychology program.  An application for research ethics approval will also be completed in this course.

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 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).


Overview of Learning Activities

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

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

Learner Directed Hours: 108

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course will be guided by the 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 Task 1: 2,000 word research proposal

Weighting 80%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Log of minuted supervision meetings x 12 which demonstrates the development of the research topic, methodology, budget and final proposal

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5