Course Title: Foundations of Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Prasad Podugu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7722

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Foundations of Psychological Practice 2 is a beginning level course in your Master’s Program taken in conjunction with Foundations of Psychological Practice 1. This course is 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 three central psychological areas of practice:

  • Child, Adolescent, and Family Clinical Psychology 1
  • Adult Psychological Assessment

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • analyse and synthesise knowledge related to  contemporary conceptual psychological frameworks as they relate to the structure and methods of psychological assessments and intervention across the human lifespan
  • demonstrate the ability to design and administer and evaluate psychological assessments using a variety of assessment techniques that appropriately reflect a client’s developmental stage, cognitive level, cultural background, and purpose of the assessment.   
  • synthesise the assessment  data  to identify  a diagnosis, making a formulation, and developing a treatment plan.
  • integrate assessment results into meaningful reports.
  • conceptualise a case from within the CBT framework and apply this this knowledge in the development of a diagnosis, formulation, and treatment strategy.

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.
  • PLO 3: design, analyse, synthesise and communicate information from a wide variety of psychological assessments and techniques appropriate to the developmental stage, cognitive level and cultural background of the client, and appropriate to the purpose of the assessment.

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:
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: