Course Title: Professional Practices in Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practices in Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1453

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

BESC1453

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1454

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

BESC1455

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

BESC1456

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Professor Gerard Kennedy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7457

Course Coordinator Email: gerard.kennedy@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.14C


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC1183/1185/1186 Social Psychology
  • BESC1187/1189/1190 Biological Psychology
  • BESC1175/1177/1178 Cognitive 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 third year course will focus on the professional practice of psychology in society and organisations. It will help you examine the different ways in which psychologists contribute to society and help you prepare for your graduation from the program. The course will explore cross cultural issues and the importance of intercultural diversity and indigenous contributions.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.


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

  • CLO 1: Explain the organisation and regulation of psychology as a discipline in Australia.
  • CLO 2: Define psychological literacies and evaluate the extent to which you have developed these over the course of your undergraduate psychology education.
  • CLO 3: Prepare a competent job application as a psychology graduate.
  • CLO 4: Compare and contrast the practice of psychology in a range of areas including mental health, education, organisations, sport, communities and in health and cultural settings.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities require your attendance at a two hour seminar per week. These sessions will be delivered using a variety of techniques. You can therefore expect multimedia delivery strategies that will include video, guest speakers, and small group discussions. You will be required to contribute to these sessions in the form of role-play, discussion, critical appraisal and problem solving.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course chosen will be digitally available to you. Resources will be available via myRMIT Studies. Readings for each week will be provided online. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Early Assessment Task: Personal Narrative & Key Challenge exercise

The assessment will take the form of two components:
(a) a 500 word autobiographical narrative describing how you came to be interested in studying psychology and possibly working towards a career in psychology; and
(b) a 500 word synopsis of one key challenge currently facing the regulatory bodies within the discipline of psychology (e.g., AHPRA; APAC; APS).

Weighting 25%

Due: Week 3

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2: CV & Synopsis

This assessment will take the form of two components:
(a) the development of your own Curriculum Vitae (maximum 4 pages) highlighting your key achievements to date (25%); and
(b) a written synopsis comparing and contrasting three speciality areas of psychology (e.g., clinical; sports; community) highlighting the strengths and limitations of each speciality area (1,000 words) (25%)

Weighting 50%

Due: Week 8

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Cover letter addressing selection criteria

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3.
This assessment involves the construction of a covering letter (1,500 words) addressing key selection criteria for a position in a psychology-related field that will be supplied by the course coordinator.

Weighting 25%

Due: Week 12

These assessments are designed to require students to demonstrate the critical application of ideas and principles presented in the course.

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

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

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