Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone A

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: John Whyte

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1097

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Capstone course sequence (Capstone A and Capstone B) provides an opportunity for you to prepare for, and reflect on, your transition from university into your future professional career.

The sequence is designed to provide you with experience in the application and development of, and critical reflection on the ideas, skills and graduate capabilities you have gained through your program. It will also help you to critically evaluate professional practices and organisational demands, in light of your own professional skills, ideas and values.

In the part A of this Capstone you will draw on skills built and developed throughout your degree to develop a project that investigates a particular aspect of professional psychological practice. You will engage in a research project based on an issue relating to your professional context involving a WIL component, where you undertake a 20 day placement in an organisation of your choice, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect in your work after graduation.

This will allow you to develop new professional skills, and to reflect on the process of developing a professional identity as you seek out, enter, and experience hands-on what is involved in your professional field. You will have the opportunity to select from a range of community, public sector and corporate organisations, to be negotiated between you, the University and organisations with available placements. You are encouraged to find your own organisation for placement, in consultation with the GUSS WIL Office; or you can rely on the University’s networks and historical partnerships.

In this Capstone A course you will undertake the background research and planning for either your placement or your research project. In the Capstone B course you will evaluate your placement or research project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Design and develop a work development plan or research project proposal to investigate a specific field of professional practice within the broader psychological and social contexts;
  • Critically engage with appropriate professional and scholarly literature
  • Identify appropriate methods and tools in research design or project planning, implementation and monitoring to respond to an authentic industry problem or address a contemporary issue faced in organisations

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply professional, theoretical and practical knowledge of the social sciences and psychology to your professional practice and further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical and professional insights from the psychological and social sciences to reflect on the challenges facing professional practice in a rapidly changing world.

Apply logical, critical and creative thinking from the psychological and the social sciences to respond effectively to a range of issues associated with changing social, cultural and political contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

In these workshops and other forums you will be supported to develop the investigative side of your WIL experience. You may choose to base your investigation on questions of ethical practice, on aspects of professional development, on exploring how psychological theories inform professional practice, on evaluating organisational practices and organisational demands in light of your own emerging professional skills, ideas and values, or another focus.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or core textbook and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of presentations, individual and group participation as well as a research report. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


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.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


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Assessment Tasks:


This is the first course in the Capstone sequence. In this course you will undertake assessment tasks designed to provide the foundation for the second part of the capstone, including developing investigative questions and undertaking your 20 day WIL placement. Throughout your placement you will keep a reflective journal, which will provide the primary evidence for the second part of the Capstone sequence (Capstone B): writing up the critical reflective research essay.


  1. Ethics Application – worth 30%
  2. Field Notes – worth 40%
  3. ‘Examination of Emergent Issues’ from your placement – worth 30%