Course Title: Psychology Field Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology Field Placement

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Merv Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course provides you with a chance to experience aspects of work in a health-focused, human services organisation. This course is specifically designed for students who are not planning on applying for a Psychology Honours or fourth year program, but instead wish to enhance their understanding of careers that use their undergraduate training. If you are planning on progressing to a Psychology Honours or fourth year program, you should select BESC1220 Research Project.

Psychology Field Placement will expose you to real-world activities that form the basis of careers for three year psychology graduates. Options include work experience in Human Resources in a large organisation, volunteer work as a telephone counsellor, participation in leadership activities within the university, development of online material for health promotion or vocational counselling.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to develop core knowledge about the psychological structure and function on the Health related organizations. It supports the development of efffective employees in large organizations associated with the provision of health related care.

At the completion of this course you will be expected to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of various aspects of the work environment

2. conceptualize and evaluate organizations from a psychological perspective

3. compare and contrast underlying theories that attempt to explain the rationale, policy, procedures and employee behaviours/performance in health care organizations

4. analyse the comparative advantages and disadvantages of current theories as they apply to organizations

5. discuss/ explore your personal reflections on your work experience, acknowledging the role psychology education can be used to understand and advantage employees.

Learning Objectives

During this course you will be expected to

CLO1: Complete a 15 day placement (or equivalent)

CLO2: Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the fields of work and organisations relevant to your placement

CLO3: Reflect critically on your work place experiences and explain these in light of relevant theory

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a 15 day placement, or equivalent. You will organise the placement and initiate the first contact. You will then meet with the course coordinator to negotiate the expectations and set appropriate assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

The RMIT Psychology Field Placement Manual will be available on the myRMIT Studies course site. Other learning resources will also be available through the myRMIT Studies course site. These will include readings from organisational psychology for theory development and readings on counselling and communication for skill development.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be negotiated based on the field placement experience you chose, but may include a proposal or contract setting out your goals for the experience, an analysis of relevant theory, a final reflective piece.



Assessment Task 1: Proposal (20%)

By end of week 7, each student is required to submit a theoretical assessment task


Assessment task 2: Field supervisor report [Part of Assessment 4]

The employer who hosted the student on field placement is to submit a confidential report on the student. A copy of this form is attached to the fieldwork manual


Assessment Task 3: Theory Report (40%)

Student is to complete [no more than 1000 words] a report on their observations and how it relates to organizational theory discussed in the proposal


Assessment Task 4: Self-reflective Report (40%)

Student is to complete [no more than 1000 words] a report on the field placement, highlighting and discussing the aims/goals they outlined in their proposal