1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
2 108 units of any topics at any level
3 Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
3a Admission into HBBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours)
3b Admission into HBSC-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
3c Admission into HBPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c)))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC7058 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic addresses contemporary theory and research in relation to four broad areas of psychology. These areas are clinical/health, developmental, social/organisational and cognitive.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:
  • provide advanced tuition in the knowledge base of psychology
  • point to shared issues, problems and techniques that characterise the acquisition of psychological knowledge and problem solving
  • enhance skills in evaluative thinking about research design and bases for claims
  • illustrate the steps involved in the conduct of research from the initial identification of a research question through methodological decisions to the interpretations of outcomes

These aims will be achieved by having a number of staff members present advanced seminars in their own areas of expertise and research experience.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should have acquired:
  • knowledge of aspects of psychological theory and research at an advanced level
  • enhanced understanding of the roles of theory and research in psychology, and of their interdependence
  • enhanced appreciation of the process of Psychology, e.g., of accumulating knowledge through deriving and testing explanations, in contrast to merely being taught the end products (what we 'know')
  • knowledge of shared problems, principles and techniques that characterise disparate subject areas within psychology
  • more critical skills and confidence in evaluating, rather than merely accepting, assertions.