Course Title: Foundations of Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1461

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

BESC1473

Bundoora Campus

Research

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

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

There are no pre requisite course requirements to enrolment in this course.
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

Foundations of Psychological Practice 1 is a beginning level course in your Master’s Program designed to provide you with the foundational theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to support your entry into supervised therapeutic practice in the client setting. This course will continue to build on the knowledge and skills you have gained in your undergraduate psychology learning and is focussed on two central psychological areas of practice:

  • Counselling
  • Professional Practice & Ethics


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • apply advanced knowledge and skills of counselling within an ethical framework  
  • demonstrate the meaningful and effective provision of information within a professional context to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • reflect critically on professional practice skills in counselling techniques and processes
  • undertake communication and counselling skills necessary to successfully establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship


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

  • PLO 1:  demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories, models and scientific underpinning of professional psychological practice and its application across behavioural and organisational systems
  • PLO2: develop a comprehensive and critical understanding  of the legislative frameworks and ethical codes and guidelines that guide professional psychological practice at a personal and professional level.
  • PLO 4: demonstrated the ability to design, apply, and evaluate appropriate evidence based empirically validated interventions individualised to the client’s diagnosis, case formulation, and personal or organisational characteristics.
  • PLO 6: demonstrated the ability to undertake effective communication across a range of individual and organisational contexts to engage clients and to convey, appraise, and interpret information relevant to professional practice and the client population.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of lectures/ seminars, tutorials and skill development activities. Lectures will build on your knowledge gained in your undergraduate psychological degree and will provide a solid theoretical and practice driven basis to help you to achieve professional practice
The skill development activities will support your entry into Professional Psychological practice.
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 a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material may utilise a variety of available technologies including Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Skill development 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

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your diagnostic and formative assessments will take the form of tests, assignments, and practice based exercises. Your summative assessment may include formal examinations and practical evaluations.
Assessments may also 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