Postgraduate Resources - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Student Office Requests

The Department of Psychology will endeavour to provide each postgraduate research (thesis and dissertation) students with office desk space, but this may not be possible in all cases. PhD students will be given priority and normally share an office with others. An application form needs to be completed annually, see our our forms page here.

An attempt is made to accommodate Master's thesis/APSY project students in the same way. Applications must be made annually to the Administrative Services Manager, Room 222 and allocations are normally assigned in the first week of March.

Department Facilities

Audio Visual Equipment

The Department has modern audio-visual equipment that can be booked for research purposes. Items such as portable VHS camcorders, video recorders, and monitors can be booked through the Main Office, Room 226, Level 2, Psychology Building.

Common Room
Postgraduate students are welcome to use the postgraduate common room, Room 474 (lab block) and L4 break-out space/kitchen. This facility is for all Psychology Postgraduate students (PhD, Masters, BA and BSc(Hons). Please remember these facilities must be left tidy - your cooperation is appreciated.

Computing Facilities
Over 100 Psychology Department computers connected to the University network are distributed in 4-laboratories; Room 115 and 225 for general use, Room 112 is for the exclusive use of Postgraduate students and Room 436 is for APSY student use only. During term time the larger laboratories are heavily used between the hours of 9am to 5pm for scheduled teaching classes. Students must vacate the labs at least 10 minutes prior to the commencement of a scheduled lab class. Facilities in Room 115, 112 and 436 are available at other times and for extended hours in the evenings and weekend, for use by Psychology students.

All computer laboratories are equipped with laser printers. There is a standard University charge (colour printing is also an option). Individual student accounts are automatically debited and printer credits issued on your University card.

Locking of workstations for personal use is not tolerated. Our systems analyst is Gerard Mesman (Room 514), who maintains the computer network and handles hardware malfunctions. The Department also employs programmers to assist in real time laboratory and other computer applications.

No eating or drinking in the computer laboratories.

General Enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to the Psychology Administration Area located in the Level 2 Lab Block, Room 226. Office hours shown may be subject to change in exceptional circumstances. Any changes to hours will be displayed in the reception area.

Office Hours During Term Time:
8.30 - 10.30am and 11.00 - 4.30pm

Psychology Subject Librarian

Margaret Paterson is the Liaison Librarian for Psychology. Margaret is available to help you make the best use of the resources available through the Library. An appointment can be made to:

  • Provide assistance with locating resources for your research area
  • Provide advice on searching databases to find journal literature
  • Help you learn to use EndNote to manage your references
  • Help you keep current with literature in your subject area.

For further information email: or phone (ext. 93921)

Psychometric Testing

The Department maintains a library of psychological tests which contains a wide variety of commonly used tests including: tests of perceptual and motor skill; neuropsychology, personality and interest tests; tests used in vocational assessment; behaviour rating scales and checklists; and intelligence and ability tests.

The library is accessible to staff and students for reseasrch use. Test materials can be borrowed from the Test Library, email test library.

Students beginning projects may find it useful to consult the test library for relevant measures during the planning of their research.

Research Space/Room Bookings

Space for student research is arranged with your project or thesis supervisor in consultation with Department office staff who manage booking schedules. There are also a number of spaces dedicated to particular research activities and programmes that call for specialised equipment or facilities.

Dedicated spaces exist for social psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, animal behaviour, behavioural neuroscience, psychopharmacology and neuropsychology, human memory, and human factors research. Use of these facilities is arranged in consultation with your supervisor or course coordinator.

Handing in Course Work

All course work must be accompanied by the Department coversheet (click here to download).

All postgraduate course work is required for inspection by the External Examiner at the end of the year. For all postgraduate courses, the lecturers involved will have stipulated deadlines for handing in various items of assessment that they require. It is obviously in your own interests to abide by these deadlines.

The granting of extensions for individual students beyond these deadlines is entirely at the discretion of the lecturers' concerned. However, no items will be accepted in any course after the last day of lectures for 2nd semester, whatever the reason given for lateness. Lecturers will not have any discretion on this.

If the reason for not being able to meet this final deadline comes within the University special consideration regulation for failing to complete any major item(s) of work, then a special consideration application should be made to the Registry. Alternatively, if the deadline is met but there are good reasons for believing that one's performance was impaired on the item(s) handed in by the last day of lectures, then an application for impaired performance can be made.

The regulations for both situations are outlined in the University Calendar or online at

For such applications to be accepted, a "substantial part of the assessment" for the particular course concerned must have already been completed. In the Department of Psychology, a "substantial part" means at least 50%.

Grievance Procedures Recommended by the UCSA

If you encounter any problems with a course and wish to discuss these with someone, then there are several means available to you. You should initially approach the lecturer concerned if you feel able to. Alternatively, you could approach the class representative and ask them to present the problem to the lecturer on your behalf.

You can also approach the course coordinator directly, should you so prefer. If the problem is not resolved, then you can approach the Head of Department. Other avenue for helping with problems are the Joint Academic Grievance Committee (see yellow posters around the University for details) and the Education Office, first floor the the Students' Association.

Plagiarism and Originality

Plagiarism, presenting the words and ideas of others as your own, is a serious academic matter. The university regards it as dishonest practice. When you use ideas taken from other people you must formally acknowledge this by a reference citation. If you use the actual words of others you should put the words in quotation marks and cite the page number.


In essays, projects, theses and other written work you should use the format for citations prescribed in the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (4th ed.). Copies of this are available to borrow in the Psychology Administration Area, Room 226 during office hours.

A related matter concerns cross-referencing to your own work. A general rule at postgraduate level is that you cannot present substantially the same piece of work more than once, either in the same or in dfifferent courses.

If the topic and content for an assignment overlap significantly with those in another course, or with your research project or thesis you should consult the course lecturers/supervisor. Treat reference to your own work from another course as if it were someone else's work and cite it in the manner described above.

Do you want to use the PSYC 105/106 'Participant Pool' for your research?

Participant Pool Guide for Researchers (pdf, 34KB)

Participant Pool Guide for Students (pdf, 16KB)

Research Participation Exercise Template (Word, 28KB)

Application Form (Word, 41KB)

Student Credit Slip (Wor, 28KB)

Debriefing Guidelines (Word, 27KB)