PSYC403H Psychology Honours Thesis: Neuroscience

Updated: 23 November 2017
Credit Points 24
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
19 February 2018 23 February 2018 Mandatory Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites (PSYC421 and PSYC422 and PSYC423 and PSYC424) or PSYC401H
Restrictions PSYC410

Honours candidates only

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Adam Rock (
Unit Description

This unit comprises one half of the fourth-year honours program in psychology and contains two components:

1. Research thesis - Part A.

Students work with a research supervisor to complete: 1) a literature review and 2) a research proposal relating to their research thesis topic.

2. Research thesis - Part B.

Students pursue an independent research project in psychology under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students build their knowledge and understanding of the discipline through advanced empirical research and by communicating their findings as a research report in journal article format. Group data collection may be permitted when appropriate.

The unit is completed concurrently with PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 and PSYC424 by full-time students and after PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 and PSYC424 by part-time students.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Year-long Honours 1, On and Off Campus

SPSS 22: A Practical Guide

ISBN: 9780170348973
Allen, P. and Bennett, K., Cengage Learning 3rd ed. 2014

Text refers to: Year-long Honours 1, On Campus and Online

See Note


Note: Students will require access to SPSS for their data analysis. Either the Statistics Standard Grad Pack or the Statistics Premium Grad Pack version of SPSS will be appropriate (i.e., do not purchase just the Base version). It is suggested that this purchase is made from Hearne (

Text refers to: Year-long Honours 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics

ISBN: 9781526419521
Field, A., Sage Publications 5th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Year-long Honours 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Literature Review 25% 4000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Research Proposal 0% 1000
Assessment Notes

Research proposal is assessed as satisfied/not satisfied requirements. It is mandatory to satisfy this requirement in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Thesis 75% 6000
Assessment Notes

The Research Thesis is to be submitted in the form of a research report in journal article format. It is mandatory to pass this assessment in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically review and integrate relevant theoretical and empirical research literature on a psychological question or problem;
  2. apply autonomy and judgement in proposing further research that will help answer the question or resolve the problem;
  3. demonstrate effective communication by presenting the results of such review in an APA style essay that concludes with a logically derived statement of research hypotheses;
  4. apply integrated knowledge and skills to design and conduct a scientifically rigorous research project to address these hypotheses, modelling skills applicable in a professional career in this field; and
  5. communicate their research findings in a professional, scientific manner.