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Hobart, Launceston


This unit (or these units, as the case may be) involves developing, conducting, and reporting a substantial independent study of a psychological nature. Basically, it involves you doing some science and then telling people about it. Awesome!
There are three major components to the research project. First, under the guidance of your supervisor, you will review the relevant research literature, develop a research question, design a study, and prepare a written (four A4 page) research proposal. This written proposal is distributed to two assessors, who’ll provide written feedback. You’ll also present a version of your proposal in a seminar to staff and other Honours students. This process is the mechanism for gaining School approval for your project, and an important step in gaining ethical approval.
Second, once you have ethical approval, you’ll conduct a piece of research and analyse your data. Then you’ll present the results of your research (in poster form) as part of the Honours Results Day. Finally, you’ll submit a (roughly) 10,000 word written thesis.

Summary 2020

Unit name Research Project A
Unit code KHA457
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology

Dr Jim Sauer

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Admission into M4O or M4Y or R4E or S4E


Teaching Pattern

Participation in the research proposal workshop and attendance at research colloquia. Attend regular supervision sessions with research supervisor.


4-page research proposal; research proposal presentation; ethics approval.

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