Course Title: External Practicum 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: External Practicum 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Monfries

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7782

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014C

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

External Psychology Practicum 2 is undertaken in Semester 2 of the second year of the Master of Psychology program. External Psychology Practicum 2 is designed to enable you to consolidate and expand your clinical psychology skills and therapeutic techniques with clients in an external setting. 

Work Integrated Learning

In this course you will be required to undertake placement as part of your assessment.  You will need to meet a number of requirements to ensure your eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these requirements are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT:

  • National Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program. At any time prior to or during your placement, if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practise, the WIL/clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC002 Master of Clinical Psychology:  

  • PLO 2:  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 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.
  • PLO 4:  Demonstrate 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 5:  Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of empirical investigation or inquiry as a scientist-practitioner, predicated on the principles of clinical psychological practice, with a variety of psychological phenomena or problems.
  • PLO 6:  Demonstrate 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.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and adherence to, the clinical and professional procedures of an external clinical agency/institution.
  2. Work collegiately and effectively within the multidisciplinary team of an external clinical agency/institution.
  3. Systematically evaluate all psychological interventions using an N=1 methodology.
  4. Perform to a professional standard across the range of clinical competencies, as specified in a Placement Agency performance contract.
  5. Reflect on your professional practice with a view to continuous quality improvement.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include on-placement supervision meetings to provide a solid theoretical and practice-driven basis to help achieve professional practice proficiency. The skill development activities will support entry into professional psychological practice. During this course you will be required to undertake a minimum period of 60 working days in an external psychology setting, as arranged by the placement coordinator. You will be expected to read widely in areas related to clinical practice placement.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36

Learner Directed Hours: 84

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.  Skill development activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities during supervision.  RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Satisfactory Completion of the External Placement assessed mid placement by external and internal placement supervisors/coordinator

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Satisfactory completion of the external placement assessed at end of placement by external and internal placement supervisors/coordinator (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5