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Psychology of Ageing (PSY382)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description PSY382 is an advanced-level specified elective in developmental psychology, providing an overview of the
field of Psychology of Ageing or Geropsychology including neuroscientific, psychological, and social aspects
of ageing. PSY382 will introduce theory and research on psychology of ageing and will discuss clinical and
practical issues pertaining this aspect of human development. In addition to pathological, psychological and
social changes associated with ageing, PSY382 will discuss healthy ageing and how psychologists can
contribute using psychological assessment, rehabilitation and treatment methods.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes,
reflecting APAC graduate competencies as listed:
1. Describe the biological, psychological, cognitive and social processes seen as part of ageing and
explain the effects of genetics, sociocultural factors, individual differences, and lifestyle factors
(APAC GC 1.1).
2. Communicate your understanding of ageing as a multidimensional and multidirectional process
that may have normative, pathological, or healthy and less complicated trajectories (APAC GC 1.3).
3. Critically evaluate the traditional theories and conceptualisations of Geropsychology against
recently published research and empirical evidence (APAC GC 1.3) .
4. Demonstrate critical thinking and inquiry skills in the field of Geropsychology through
communicating your own research findings and applying your understanding of psychology of
ageing onto practical problems and issues (APAC GC 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week. Tutorials: 4 x 1.5 hours per teaching period
Unit Learning Experiences PSY382 will combine structured timetabled learning (lectures and tutorials) with self-directed learning
approaches and tasks. Students will combine the course contents with relevant and newly released research
findings in peer reviewed psychology and ageing journals and will learn about the science, theory and
clinical practice with older adults. Students will work both independently and as small teams, but they will
be individually responsible for the completion and submission of each task and specifically the proportion of
the task belonging to them. This unit will integrate previous learning experiences of the students and will
build upon their individual study skills and collaboration experiences, integrating and synthesising their
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to undertake group work; this involves self-directed learning and team work with
Assessment Assessment involves: 1. Online Activities (3 x 5%) - a series of 3 brief quiz like activities available on LMS. 2.
Review of current research on a given psychology of ageing topic (30%) - a 1200-word review report. 3.
Research Review Conference (10%) - topic will be presented at a tutorial or to the whole-of-class. 4. Final
examination (45%) - multiple-choice and short-answer questions.
Prerequisites PSY286
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) (BSc) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Psychological Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Hamid Sohrabi
Associate Professor

e: Hamid.Sohrabi@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Hamid Sohrabi
Associate Professor

e: Hamid.Sohrabi@murdoch.edu.au
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