1 Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Working Rules THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY) Definitions WORKING RULES "Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)" means the Doctor of Philosophy specialising in Clinical Psychology "the Clinical Committee" means the Clinical Committee of the Department of Psychology "Director" means a member of the full-time academic staff appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the Head of Department of Psychology to be the Director of the Clinical Program and to act as coordinator of the Clinical Program "Dean" means the College Education Dean "Delegated Authority" means the Head of the Department of Psychology or another person appointed by Dean for the purposes of these Rules "Head" means the Head of the Department of Psychology "course" means a subject of scholarly study undertaken (a) in a connected series of classes or demonstrations; (b) by means of practical work, including clinical field placement, production by students of reviews of literature, essays and case studies or the attendance and participation by students in seminars or workshops; (c) by a combination of (a) and (b); or (d) as a supervised research project. Note: These Rules should be read in conjunction with the Research Awards Rules (available at the Higher Degree Research Guide for Students and the relevant sections of the Student Enrolment and Administrative Procedures (SEAP) Guide. The Research Awards Rules take precedence over any other information about the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology). 1. ADMISSION TO CANDIDATURE 1.1 Admission Requirements Completion of a degree recognised as equivalent to an Australian Honours degree specialising in Psychology at the IIA level or above. The applicant must be registered or be eligible for registration as a 'provisional psychologist' by the Psychology Board of Australia. Specific undergraduate courses successfully completed, previous clinical experience and additional related qualifications may be taken into account in the selection process. The selection process will be overseen by the Clinical Committee. 1.2 Transfer from the Master of Clinical Psychology or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Programs The Delegated Authority may, on the advice of the Clinical Committee, admit, as a student for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program, a person who immediately prior to that admission, was a student for the Master of Clinical Psychology program or the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) program, and may treat the student s commencement in that program as the commencement of the student's PhD (Clinical Psychology) program. On being admitted, this person may receive status in relation to the program for so much of the work undertaken for the Master of Clinical Psychology program or the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) program as the Delegated Authority determines on the advice of the Clinical Committee.
2 2. PROGRAM OF STUDY For the award of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) degree, students must have satisfactorily completed 12 compulsory courses totalling 96 units, with a grade of at least Pass or CRS in each. The 12 courses will be: S1 10 units PSYC9411 PhD Clinical Coursework I S1 6 units PSYC9421 PhD Clinical Field Placement I S1 8 units PSYC9431 PhD Clinical Research I S2 10 units PSYC9412 PhD Clinical Coursework II S2 6 units PSYC9422 PhD Clinical Field Placement II S2 8 units PSYC9432 PhD Clinical Research II S3 10 units PSYC9413 PhD Clinical Coursework III S3 6 units PSYC9423 PhD Clinical Field Placement III S3 8 units PSYC9433 PhD Clinical Research III S4 10 units PSYC9414 PhD Clinical Coursework IV S4 6 units PSYC9424 PhD Clinical Field Placement IV S4 8 units PSYC9434 PhD Clinical Research IV The coursework courses are divided into 'sub-courses' offered throughout the program and internally administered by the Department of Psychology. The sub-courses may vary from timeto-time. In addition to these 12 courses, students will complete 96 units in research. 3. SUPERVISION OF RESEARCH COMPONENT For the purposes of supervising the thesis component of the program, all students must have a supervisory panel of at least three members. A full-time member of the academic staff of the ANU shall be appointed as the student s supervisor. Where the student s supervisor is not a member of the clinical academic staff of the Department of Psychology, the student should have one member of the clinical academic staff as an advisor. Up to two advisors, who need not be members of the academic staff of the University, can be appointed to advise the student on thesis-related issues. 4. DURATION OF THE PROGRAM The full-time program will normally be completed in four years; The part-time program will normally be completed in eight years. 5. MARKING AND GRADING SCALES The following marking and grading system will apply to the results of all courses. Mark % Grade below 50 Fail (N) Pass (P) Credit (Cr) Distinction (D) 80 and above High Distinction (HD) N/A Course Requirements Satisfied (CRS)
3 6. ASSESSMENT 6.1 Examination of Coursework and Clinical Placement Components (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) Coursework will be examined by written examination or by other such means as determined by the Delegated Authority on the advice of the Director and Clinical Committee. Clinical field placements will be assessed by the Clinical Placement Coordinator (as appointed by the Head) in consultation with clinical field placement supervisors. The student will be examined for the degree by the combined results of examination of research (see section 6.2), coursework, and clinical field placements. If the overall results obtained by the student, both in the assessment of the thesis by the examiners and in examination of the coursework and any other examinations not related to the assessment of the thesis, are not satisfactory, the Education Dean on the recommendation of the Delegated Authority may decide that the student should be failed or that the student should be re-examined. Decisions about results, reexamination, failure and appeal provisions are set out in the Research Awards Rules. Examinations, the thesis component, and any other assessment material for the program will be written and conducted in the English language. Examinations, including special examinations or re-examination, will be conducted in accordance with the Research Awards Rules and the Examinations Rules. Special examinations will not normally be granted except on compassionate or medical grounds or where the student is unable to be in Canberra on the date specified for the examination for reasons beyond the student s control. Appropriate documentation will be required in support of such applications, and written verification from the student s place of employment in the case of applications made on work-related grounds. Applications must be referred to the Director for approval. The Delegated Authority may approve the repetition of a course and will take into account the student s overall academic progress and whether or not repetition is possible within the duration of the student s program. A student who fails the same course twice will have failed to maintain a satisfactory academic standard and will be notified by the Delegated Authority that he/she has been excluded from the program. Any appeal by a student against exclusion from the program or against a decision to fail them for a course will be conducted in accordance with the Research Award Rules. 6.2 Examination of Research Component (iv) (v) Research will be examined by the submission and assessment of a thesis associated with research units (see Section 2, Program of Study) together with oral or written examinations or both related to such assessment as determined by the Director and Clinical Committee in consultation with the primary research supervisor. The thesis component is considered to be of similar size and scope to a PhD thesis normally completed in the College and will report the results of original empirical research. Guidelines about submission and examination are available at information_for_higher_degree_research_students/guideline The thesis component will normally be examined by three examiners external to the ANU. The Clinical Committee may, on receipt of an application, permit the candidate to submit the required research components within such a period as the Clinical Committee specifies, being a period ending not more than two years after the date on which the candidate's course expires. In such cases, the Clinical Committee may require the candidate to enrol in such non-award research courses as it determines appropriate as a condition of such permission. Any request for an extension of program beyond the expiry date for the program will be considered by the Delegated Authority on merit. A student on extension of program is liable to pay a fee (advice may be obtained from the Student Administration).
4 7. AWARD OF THE DEGREE The requirement for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy specialising in Clinical Psychology is the successful completion of 192 units with a grade of at least Pass or Course Requirement Satisfied in each and the successful examination of the research thesis. 8. STATUS FOR PREVIOUS STUDIES The Delegated Authority, on the advice of the Director, may grant status for relevant postgraduate work in accordance with the following criteria set by the Education Dean: status will not normally be granted for coursework courses worth more than 20 units in total except for. where the student already holds an appropriate qualification in clinical psychology at the Masters level or higher, status of up to 72 units may be given. where status is granted, the duration of the program may be adjusted accordingly. 9. STATUS FOR CONCURRENT WORK Where a student for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) has: during the program, undertaken supervised clinical experience in a clinical service; and in the opinion of the Clinical Committee, the standard of the experience is equivalent to the standard of experience that would be gained by undertaking a clinical fieldwork placement unit as part of the course for the degree; on the recommendation of the Director, the Delegated Authority may grant the student status towards the degree with respect to Clinical Field Placement units up to a maximum of six units. 10. EXEMPTION FROM COURSES Students with appropriate qualifications obtained either in a completed previous course or in the course of relevant work experience, may be granted exemption by the Delegated Authority, on the recommendation of the Director from any of the compulsory courses on that basis. If an exemption is granted, another course from the approved list of courses will be required in substitution for the course not taken. Where substitution is not possible exemption will not be granted. Exemption will not normally be granted for courses completed more than five years before the commencement of the program. 11. COMPLETION OF COURSEWORK AT APPROVED INSTITUTIONS The Delegated Authority, on the recommendation of the Director, may grant approval for a student to complete not more than 20 coursework units to count towards the degree during their candidature for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) at another tertiary institution. Such approval will not normally be granted unless at least one course of 10 units has already been successfully completed at the ANU. 12. COURSEWORK ATTENDANCE Students are required to attend at least 80% of all Clinical Program coursework (inclusive of scheduled classes, workshops, field trips, clinical placements etc.). Students who do not meet this requirement may be failed in the relevant courses. Failure to attend any component of the course without documented evidence of illness or other impeding factors beyond personal control may result in overall failure. Note that when documented evidence is supplied, a student may still fail if, in the view of the Delegated Authority on the advice of the Clinical Committee, the student has not attended a sufficient proportion of the coursework.
5 13. PROGRAM LEAVE Applications for program leave of absence must be made by using the appropriate form, obtainable from Student Administration, the College Office or online at 0Research%20Program.pdf. Applications must include a statement of the reason/s for the request. A request for program leave of absence is approved by the Delegated Authority. The Delegated Authority will not normally approve program leave requests for more than one year in the first instance. Students can generally only take program leave up to a maximum aggregate of two years within the duration of the program. Program leave of absence may be approved for the following reasons: on compassionate or medical grounds; absence from Canberra for work-related reasons; employment demands or commitments of a temporary nature. Where medical leave is requested, a student will be required to submit a medical certificate covering the relevant period. Where program leave is requested on work-related grounds, the student will be required to provide written verification by the appropriate person from his or her employer. Where compassionate grounds are cited, appropriate documentary evidence will be required. Students receiving a scholarship should check their Conditions of Award to determine if payment will continue while on program leave or if leave is permissible. 14. WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE OR FROM THE PROGRAM Students seeking to withdraw from a course or courses, or to cancel their enrolment in the program, must complete the appropriate form obtainable from Student Administration, the College Office, or via the online enrolment system. Change of enrolments must be done before the Census dates of 31 st March for Semester 1 or 31 st August for Semester to avoid financial penalty as specified in the SEAP Guide. 15. ACADEMIC PROGRESS 15.1 Prerequisites A student will not normally be permitted to enrol in a course that has a prerequisite until that prerequisite has been satisfactorily completed, or waived by the Director. A student will not be permitted to be awarded the degree until all prerequisites and co-requisites have been satisfactorily completed or exemption granted Milestones There will be annual reviews of the student s progress in each component (coursework, field placement and research) of the program Termination of the Program A student s candidature may be terminated by the Education Dean on the grounds of failure to pursue the program to the satisfaction of the Delegated Authority, or that the student has otherwise failed to comply with the Research Awards Rules or a condition imposed on the student s admission to candidature. The student will be invited to make representations before a final decision is reached. The Research Awards Rules set out the grounds for termination of a student s candidature, the requirements for notification of decisions, and the student s right of appeal.
6 16. DISPUTE RESOLUTION 16.1 Review of Assessment of Results (iv) (v) (vi) All students are entitled to view their marked assignments and examination scripts. Students are entitled to discuss their performance in relation to assessment with the lecturer or the Convener of the course. Each course will be assessed by at least two examiners. One examiner will be designated as the Chair of Examiners for that course and, as such, is required to ensure that the academic performance of each student in that course is adequately and fairly assessed, taking into account the representation of a student who is querying the mark awarded. The Chair of Examiners may, after consultation with other examiners in the course recommend that a mark in the course be varied. Should a student be dissatisfied with the outcome of his/her representations referred to in and above, the student may write to the Delegated Authority (Head of Department) setting out the reasons for her/his dissatisfaction with the mark awarded. Should the student be dissatisfied with the outcome of his/her representation to the Head of Department, the student may write to the Education Dean. It is then the responsibility of the Dean to investigate the matter and ensure that assessment has been properly and fairly carried out. Students are entitled to a statement of the reasons for the final decision; they may ask to see any relevant documentation which has been generated by the progress of the review. Written requests to the Dean for a review under paragraph (v) should be received by the College Office within six weeks of the date of issue of the University's official Notification of Results for the course Decisions of the Delegated Authority A student who wishes to question a decision of the Delegated Authority concerning any matter affecting the student under these Working Rules or the Graduate Research Awards Rules (e.g., status; exemption) other than a decision classifying the student s performance should write to the Education Dean setting out a case for a review of the decision Grievances Concerning Teaching Practice or Other Matters The ANU has rules, policies and procedures that cover adverse decisions or actions relating to an enrolled student s experience at the University, including complaints of discrimination, harassment or serious grievances. These include: (at the Policies website Student Complaints Resolution Policy Student Complaints Resolution Procedures (at the legislation website Research Awards Rules (includes review of admission decisions and appeals; termination of candidature) Fees Rules Discipline Rules Medical Leave Rules Information Infrastructure and Services Rules (includes library and IT access)
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