PSY472 Psychology Research Thesis 1 (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 research proposal, and oral communication in the form of a presentation of the research proposal. Students completing this subject will need to ensure that they enrol in the subject during January, and regularly visit the Interact2 site during January and February, prior to their session of enrolment officially commencing, as critical early information and content will be made available during this time.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY472. 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 PSY472 and PSY473 must not have already completed PSY436 or PSY437.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate training in research methods in an APS accredited 3-year course (or equivalent).

Incompatible Subjects

PSY436, PSY437

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake a thorough literature review;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methods and sound study design;
  • be able to identify and suggest appropriate mitigation strategies for ethical risks associated with research;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills of data collection best practice; and
  • be able to effectively communicate the rationale and method of a research project via an APA style research report.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reviewing the literature
  • Deriving a research question
  • Theory development and testing
  • Research methods and study design
  • Writing a project proposal
  • Ethical review of research
  • Data collection skills and techniques
  • Writing an APA style research report

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.