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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penny Hasking


This unit is the first of the formal requirements for completion of the Research Thesis in Master of Psychology (Health). Students will be introduced to research design issues and common methods for conducting quantitative and qualitative research in health psychology. Students will also begin the process of identifying a feasible, realistic and appropriate research project which makes a specific contribution to the health psychology literature. Students will be instructed in common problems reviewing the research literature on a health psychology topic and supervised to complete their own literature review on a specific topic.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate their ability to conduct an appropriately thorough and, where necessary, interdisciplinary review of research and theory in a particular area
  2. Describe the theoretical basis behind their research topic and chosen research design
  3. Write to an appropriate academic standard by incorporating existing research findings and supervisor feedback


Literature review 4,000-5000 words
Progress report (hurdle requirement)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at workshops on research design.


MHP5011, MHP5051, MHP5032, MHP5052, MHP5062, or MHP5071, MHP5082, MHP5072





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