This is the ISN Honours Program course information page for Semester 1 2021.

Lifespan Development and Psychopathology is a systematic analysis of the major areas of psychopathology. Students will learn key stages and related developmental theories across the whole of life, the philosophical and methodological issues associated with the area of developmental psychopathology. Students will show an understanding of the onset and course of the major areas of psychopathology within a developmental and cultural context, as well as work on a particular case of developmental psychopathology, demonstrating the major approaches in terms of diagnosis and prognosis – within a bio-psychosocial framework.

Psychological Assessment is an advanced assessment unit where students learn the major steps in psychological assessment including: context, interview, behavioural observation, formal testing, interpretation and creating a psychological report. Students will be introduced to the various types of assessment tools and become familiar with the general content domains of each type, and work through the parameters associated with test development and evaluation. Students must develop a general test of human performance, collect data and complete psychometric analysis on the results.

Research Methods introduces students to quantitative advanced research methods including: ANCOVA, MANOVA, discriminant function analysis, regressions, and data reduction via factor analysis. Qualitative research methodologies such as grounded theory and discourse analysis will be taught. Students will demonstrate the ability to use established data sets to complete various quantitative and qualitative analyses, along with a mixed method analysis and a report integrating both data sets. Critical decision making and understanding the issues within statistics and design is required to ensure completion of appropriate qualitative and quantitative analyses.

In conjunction with a thesis supervisor, Honours students in Research Thesis 1 will develop a research question and embed this research question within the current literature, develop testable hypotheses and propose an appropriate methodology. Students will develop adequate statistical justification for complete data analysis of the thesis project, describe all possible ethical issues associated with psychological research and determine which ones apply to their thesis and how they will satisfy ethical requirements. Students must complete appropriate documentation for ethics and achieve ethical clearance of proposed research. Students will practice effective verbal and written communication of concepts and research in psychology. Students will also attend workshops and seminars to improve their understanding of how to write a research thesis and gain further knowledge on different research topic s in psychology. 

Continuing from Research Thesis 1, in Research Thesis 2 students will prepare and complete a Research thesis (up to 8,000 words), including an abstract, an introduction of their topic within current research literature, complete a methods section that clearly outlines participants, and the psychometrics of the measures and the procedures used to collect data. Students will collect and analyse data within the context of the psychological research project and report these findings in the research section of the thesis, complete an extensive discussion of research findings, a critical comparison with past literature, a critical analysis of the limitations of this research, and provide suggestions for future research and potential applications for the findings. Students are also expected to attend fortnightly workshops and seminars.