PSYC4410 Psychological Research Communication Skills

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
Content
Even the best research is useless unless results are effectively communicated. But what is effective research communication? This unit aims to equip students with skills to communicate academic research effectively. Students learn about the principles of effective research communication and how to construct and deliver a clear and effective oral presentation. Students also critically evaluate the content and delivery of oral presentations.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand how to present their research in an informative and interesting way to a range of audiences; (2) critically evaluate oral research presentations; and (3) communicate their understanding of the research area in which they will be conducting research to an audience with expertise in this area.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentations and (2) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lynden Miles and Dr Cele Richardson
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology honours
Co-requisites:
PSYC4422 Psychology Honours Research Project Part 2
Approved quota: 100 (approx.)—based on academic merit
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 2 hours; seminars: 1 x 2 hours. Students are also required to attend two School of Psychological Science colloquium presentations in Semester 2, as well as the full-day Honours Conference in study break week.
Note
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.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.

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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.