PSYD98 / NROD98
Honours Thesis – D-level, 1.0 credit
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Requirements and Deadlines
The Honours thesis is to be completed over two consecutive semesters, and is worth 1.0 credits.
You will be actively engaged in research during these two semesters and you will be required to submit a full written
report of that research at the end of the course. Literature reviews do not meet the course requirements, as students
are required to conduct a full research project.
The due date for your assignment is the last day of classes in the winter term: Monday April 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. This is
a fixed university deadline and is NOT subject to change by you or by your faculty supervisor. A penalty of 5% per day
will apply after the due date. In extraordinary cases, an extension of up to 5 business days can be approved by the Chair
of the Division, and should be requested at the earliest possible time to Hanan Domloge, email@example.com
Extensions beyond 5 business days can only be granted through a formal petition.
Ordinarily, you will begin the research at the start of the semester, meeting with your faculty supervisor to determine
the project you will be working on. Once under way, you will work on carrying out the project, meeting periodically with
your faculty supervisor. Toward the last month of the winter semester, you should be presenting drafts of your research
paper to your faculty supervisor for feedback and revision, so that everything can be finalized by the deadline specified
You will also be required to submit a poster of your work for Thesis Day. Thesis students are required to participate in
Thesis Day activities, which essentially allow students the opportunity to present the results of their yearlong research
projects to faculty, staff and students in the Department. Students are also required to attend a research talk organized
by the Department. Thesis Day is typically held during the study break, before final exams.
It is not uncommon for faculty within the department to cover the cost of the poster if printed at UTSC Academic Printing
Services. If you have an off-campus supervisor, please confirm with him/her who will be responsible for paying for the
poster, along with any other incidental costs associated with the project. Be sure to have this discussion with your
supervisor BEFORE committing to the course.
Undergraduate students conducting an independent research project for a course that involves human participants will
need to complete, along with their faculty supervisor, an
Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form – Student-
Initiated Projects. It is the responsibility of both the student and the supervisor to understand and comply with federal
and University policies governing research involving humans and to submit an ethics protocol. This should be discussed
in your early meetings with your supervisor. Completed forms must be submitted both in soft copy to
firstname.lastname@example.org and hard copy to Ainsley Lawson (SW427C) for review by the Psychology Delegated
Ethics Review Committee prior to data collection. Once approved, a protocol number and expiry date will be provided.
Protocols may take up to 3-4 weeks to be reviewed so it is highly advisable to submit protocols early and within the first
term of the course-based research project to avoid delays in project completion. Course-based research reviewed
through the Psychology Delegated Ethics Review Committee must be minimal risk in order to proceed.