Course Title: Psychology Method A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology Method A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Tasos Barkatsas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7423

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Sub-major study in Psychology

Course Description

This is a methods course that focuses on preparing students to teach Psychology in the senior school. Students will be introduced to the principles and practices involved in the teaching of Psychology. A variety of teaching styles and management strategies will be examined. This course aims to develop teaching skills in assessment, communication and classroom management. This course will focus on the planning of classroom and curriculum materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:

  • Develop their philosophy in relation to the teaching of Psychology.
  • Construct a course of study in Psychology using support materials.
  • Develop an appreciation for the processes relevant to teaching and learning in the Psychology classroom.
  • Use curriculum documents and relevant resources to design a course of study and plan classroom activities and materials in Psychology.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to: 

  • Understand the nature and scope of Psychology as currently taught in schools.
  • Plan a course of study, and design lessons and resources for VCE Psychology.
  • Employ ethical research and teaching procedures.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities: 

  • Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
  • Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
  • Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards

  • This course is aligned with the following standards:
  • Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively. 
  • Teachers know the content they teach.
  • Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
  • Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
  • Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
  • Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
  • Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be available via myRMIT Studies

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).