PSY471 Psychology Honours Dissertation 2 (16)

This subject, delivered in two parts, provides students with a mentored research experience. Students will learn about research ethics, research methods, and research proposal and report writing. They will develop skills in critical review and appraisal, theory development and testing, study design and data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, written communication in the form of a formal dissertation.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY471. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolling in PSY470 and PSY471 must not have already completed PSY424.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake a thorough literature review and complete a written synthesis and appraisal of this literature;
  • be able to identify and suggest appropriate mitigation strategies for ethical risks associated with research;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methods and sound study design, including how study design can impact on the interpretation of data;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills of data analysis and interpretation; and
  • be able to effectively communicate the rationale, method, and results of a research project via an APA style formal dissertation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Data collection, analysis, and interpretation
  • Identification of study design flaws and limitations
  • Writing an APA style formal dissertation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.