Research Project (Clinical and Forensic) D

PSY80094 25 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • Individual supervision

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

The aims are to develop and extend:
• Skills in literature searching, plus review and integration of psychological literature.
• Advanced understanding of research methodology as applied to a moderately sized independent research project.
• Skills in psychological measurement and statistical or qualitative analysis applied to an independent research project.
• Practical research skills such as interviewing, recruitment of research participants, liaising with community organisations and completing ethics applications.
• Skills in presenting research proposals and findings both orally and in writing and to produce a 40,000 to 60,000 empirical research thesis that is an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the Clinical Psychology field.

Unit Learning Outcomes 
1. Acquire substantial knowledge of research principles and methodology relevant to clinical and forensic psychology and high-level written communication skills.
2. Acquire expert skills in data collection and management of research data.
3. Critically appraise ethical issues related to the conduct of research in clinical and forensic psychology and demonstrate professional ethical behaviour in the conduct of research.

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology).