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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduce students to advanced concepts and skills related to professional roles in psychology in both the clinical and research domains, as well as those that may apply in a wide range of employment settings requiring critical thinking, ethical interpersonal behaviour and interviewing. This unit employs a combination of problem based learning and teacher directed activities. 

Unit content

  • Motivational and Professional interviewing
  • Ethical Principles and Practice
  • Finding funding opportunities and Grant writing
  • Exposure to community-based professionals in the field of psychology and research
  • Resume development
  • Personal reflection on career goals and fit with available careers
  • Knowledge of the implementation, and interpretation, of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate the application of pre-professional interviewing skills Ethical practice Communication and social skills
2 evidence a coherent grasp of advanced ethical principles, APS code of ethics and critical reasoning in relation to addressing ethical dilemmas, both in writing and orally. Ethical practice
3 evidence an understanding of and critical reasoning about cultural responsiveness and Australian Indigenous Knowledge regarding some causes for psychopathology and pathways to wellness. Cultural competence
4 critically reason about clinical case and workplace scenarios while applying research and ethical guidelines regarding best practice. Knowledge of a discipline
5 consolidate understanding of the implementation and application of widely used standardised psychological test instruments. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the application of pre-professional interviewing skills
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. evidence a coherent grasp of advanced ethical principles, APS code of ethics and critical reasoning in relation to addressing ethical dilemmas, both in writing and orally.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. evidence an understanding of and critical reasoning about cultural responsiveness and Australian Indigenous Knowledge regarding some causes for psychopathology and pathways to wellness.
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically reason about clinical case and workplace scenarios while applying research and ethical guidelines regarding best practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. consolidate understanding of the implementation and application of widely used standardised psychological test instruments.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.