Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit is taught by a series of lectures and integrated lab classes focused on a novel, problem-based research project. Research streams will be offered in areas of staff expertise and students will work closely with academic staff and tutors on a project within the stream that they are allocated to. Students will learn about the research process and scientific communication in a series of common lectures, and the theoretical context of their research topic and the research methodologies used in stream specific lectures. The research project will actively engage students in formulating and implementing an experimental approach to a research question. The unit gives students the opportunity to explore issues of contemporary psychology in-depth and to acquire skills in areas such as research design and written communication that prepare them for advanced study in psychology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychology major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) acquire an understanding of the research process and in-depth knowledge of current research in an area of contemporary psychology; (2) develop a logical rationale for their research question; (3) describe appropriate methodology and analyses to address their research question; (4) develop an awareness of ethical issues in psychological research; (5) collaborate with others in a team; (6) analyse and interpret data; and (7) communicate the results of scientific research in writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group work (research proposal, ethics application, group work-log); (2) mid-semester test; and (3) research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Simon Li
Unit rules
Successful completion of
three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Contact hours
Lectures: 24 x 1 hour
labs: 6 x 2 hour
approximately 30 hours of project work outside of seminar/labs
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.

PSYC3310 is a research-intensive capstone unit that is designed to be run face to face, with extensive hands-on work in research methods. However, we recognise the challenges to students who are studying online due to travel restrictions in progressing at this point to graduate at the end of 2021, and have exceptionally agreed to make this unit available in an online restricted mode on a case-by-case basis (in line with criteria specified by UWA). The online restricted mode will not give students the exact same experience as those enrolled face to face, but will allow students to meet the learning outcomes for the unit. Please contact your Student Advising Office to discuss eligibility for enrolment in the online restricted mode.

Readings as outlined by the lecturers.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.