Research and Project Planning

Research and Project Planning

Semester 1

Research and Project Planning 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 Psychiatric Medicine and the Master of Applied Mental Health Studies, maximising opportunities for interdisciplinary insight and collaboration, both during study and in practice settings. Guided by the second semester Mental Health Capstone unit learning outcomes, 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

  • Review and synthesis of research and other relevant literature.
  • Formulation of a proposal relevant to mental health.
  • Project design, ethical implications, implementation, data analysis and dissemination.
  • The demonstration of compelling and authoritative communication regarding the proposed project, it’s theoretical and workplace significance.

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