Research and Project Planning

Research and Project Planning

Level ~ Masters
Teaching period ~ 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

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

  • Demonstrate ability to critically review and synthesise the research and other 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.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate in a compelling and authoritative way regarding the proposed project, its theoretical significance, and its application in the workplace.

Teaching Schedule
Topic 1 The Capstone project
Topic 2 Ethics Plus I: Ethical principles and the ethics application process
Topic 3 Ethics Plus II: Intellectual property and OH&S
Topic 4 Identifying and developing a research topic
Topic 5 Searching and evaluating the literature
Topic 6 Design considerations I: Quantitative methods
Topic 7 Design considerations II: Qualitative methods
Topic 8 Questionnaires and surveys
Topic 9 Focus groups
Topic 10 Interviews
Topic 11 Secondary data
Topic 12 Data organisation and analysis
Topic 13 Written reports
Topic 14 Oral presentations
Topic 15 Posters