Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penelope Hasking


This unit will introduce students to the most recent advances in psychological research. Each week students will be exposed to a different area of psychology, mental health or neuroscience through dedicated lectures presented by leading researchers in the School.
In addition, students will visit an active research centre to observe this research being put into practice.
Students will further their own research skills by learning to think critically and conducting a critical literature review. Finally, students will develop leadership skills by attending leadership workshops and observing staff in leadership roles


  1. Developed a deeper appreciation of advances in a broad range of research areas across psychology, mental health and neuroscience.
  2. Demonstrated the ability to think critically, and to conduct a thorough review of a specific area of research
  3. Gained exposure to an active research centre and an understanding of the research-clinical nexus
  4. Gained insight into research structure and governance at Monash University and within the SPPPM
  5. Observed how active researchers demonstrate leadership and manage decision-making within their own research context, and gained exposure to academic staff within the school


Literature search strategy: Hurdle requirement
Article summary: 10%
Literature review: 40%
Site visit report: 25%
Leadership report: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Penelope Hasking

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week and one 2-hour workshop/tutorial per fortnight


Enrolment in Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) plus successful completion of PSY2031, PSY2042, and PSY2051

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