Research and Project Planning

Research and Project Planning

Semester 1 - Core unit

This unit provides students with the skills and an understanding of how to integrate their knowledge and experiences into a capstone project that generates new knowledge and/or insights for the improvement of mental health care. This unit brings together students from the Master of Applied Mental Health Studies and the Master of Psychiatric Medicine, maximising opportunities for interdisciplinary insight and collaboration, both during study and in practice settings. Students will formulate a detailed proposal for either a research or non-research capstone project to a standard that meets submission requirements for ethics committee review.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Critically review and synthesise research and relevant literature in response to the proposed project.
  • Formulate a proposal relevant to mental health which explains the rationale for the project and its design, considers ethical implications, and outlines plans for implementation, data analysis and dissemination of findings.
  • Communicate in a compelling and authoritative way regarding the proposed project, its theoretical significance, and its application in the workplace.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Introduction and orientation
Week 2 Capstone Project strategies
Week 3 The project development process
Week 4 Mental Health Capstone proposal
Week 5 Resources and planning
Week 6 Searching and evaluating the literature
Week 7 Preparing and delivering an effective oral presentation
Week 8 Writing and reporting
Week 9 Ethics and ethics applications
Week 10 Survey design
Week 11 Planning and conducting focus groups
Week 12 Designing and conducting interviews
Week 13 Data collection and organisation
Week 14 Creating effective conference posters
Week 15 Unit summary and reflection