Course Title: Psychology Field Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology Field Placement

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Loretta Vocale

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2750

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.07.016D-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

Students will participate in a supervised filed placement in a health-focused, human services organisation or agency. On placement, students will have the opportunity to observe and engage in activities which will assist them to learn about how professionals in psychology-related fields work and apply skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to reflect on the professional, organisational and ethical issues relevant to the workplace setting as well as gain relevant career skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO1: Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake life long learning to improve personal and professional practice.
  • PLO2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO3: Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO5: Maintain tolerance and respect for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.
  • PLO6: Develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations


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

  1. Complete a minimum 120-hour placement
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the human services organisation within the community
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills to promote productive and cohesive relations among colleagues and clients
  4. Demonstrate cultural and social awareness through active engagement with individuals and communities
  5. Reflect critically on your work place experiences including professional and ethical issues relevant to the field placement

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will undertake a minimum of 120-hour supervised placement within a human services organisation. In addition to the placement, students will complete associated orientation activities, online assessment materials, and assignments related to professional practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

The RMIT Psychology Field Placement Manual and other learning resources will be available on Canvas. These will include information on professional & ethical workplace behaviour, assessment information and associated rubrics.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Pre-Placement Microcredentials 

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Professional Development Plan (750 words)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment task 3: Self-reflective Essay (1250 words)

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 4: Supervisor Report

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 5: Logbook

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1