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

Course Coordinator: Belinda Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8280

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.07.39

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 investigate a particular aspect of professional psychological practice. You will explore your future professional context through 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 your placement, and receive support and guidance during your placement. In the Capstone B course (which it is recommended to take the following semester) you will evaluate your placement experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able 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;
  • Produce detailed field notes in line with an auto-ethnographic approach to record your placement experiences.

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, problem solving tasks, and developing skills to negotiate finding and being on placement. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats which may include lectures, guest speakers, suggested articles, videos, and online media. In workshops you will also hone academic skills developed through your program including analytical reading and academic writing.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or core textbook, online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include (but are not limited to) 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. 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 your program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services 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.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


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 reflection essay.


There are three pieces of graded assessment in Capstone A:

  • Ethics Application 20%
  • Field Notes 40%
  • Examining Emerging Themes 40%