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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (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. Describe advances in a broad range of research areas across psychology, mental health and neuroscience.
  2. Think critically, and to conduct a thorough review of a specific area of research
  3. Describe how research at Monash incorporates a research-clinical nexus
  4. Critically examine different leadership styles, and discuss how active researchers demonstrate leadership and manage decision-making within their own research context
  5. Demonstrate effective written and oral presentation skills


+ Article summary - 400-500 words
presentation: 20%
+ Literature review - 2,500-3,000 words: 30%
+ Leadership report - 1,000-1,500 words: 20%
+ Final exam (2hrs): 30%
+ Submission of Literature search strategy: hurdle
+ Attendance at 75% of tutorials: hurdle

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Penelope Hasking

Contact hours

12 hours per week, including one 2-hour lecture, and one 2-hour workshop/tutorial per week


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