Course Title: Professional Issues and Research Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Issues and Research Methods

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1419

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1419

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1420

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Professor Steve Robinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7120

Course Coordinator Email: steve.robinson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.002


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with an Australian Psychological Society approved 3 year major sequence in Psychology, for example Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
                                           OR
an undergraduate degree and the  Australian Psychological Society approved major sequence in Psychology.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course consists of two modules: Research Methods and Professional Issues in Psychology. The research methods component will provide you with practical skills and theoretical material related to carrying out research in applied psychology. You are cast in the role of apprentice researchers, and will be provided with background information that will enhance your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in conducting Honours-level psychological research. The professional issues component will provide you with an introduction to the professional practice of psychology. Legal and ethical issues fundamental to the practice of psychology will be discussed and the formal legislative and organisational frameworks reviewed. Issues in managing a psychological practice will also be considered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • describe the major methodological and conceptual issues related to carrying out research in psychology.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of the use of research tests and instruments in psychological research.
  • apply Honours level research skills  to achieve the range of research goals associated with the successful submission of a research project.
  • describe the regulations and procedures for the registration of psychologists in the State of Victoria
  • review the function and membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society.
  • critically analyse the major legal, philosophical, and ethical issues associated with the practice of psychology across a range of client groups and settings.


Program Learning Outcomes:
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 6: Develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of interactive lectures, group work, and independent study. Your learning activities are designed to will build on your knowledge and provide a solid theoretical and practice driven basis for your learning. You will be expected to read widely the academic literature related to your areas of study.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from multi-media sources, text book, reference and online material and a range of secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes to assess both components of the course.  Your diagnostic and formative assessment will take the form of written assessments associated with research methodology and data analysis; as well as ethical practice. Your summative assessment will take the form of an examination.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see: www.rmit.edu.au/students/grading/highered

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment