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Psychology: Fourth Year Seminar (PSY412)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 4
Description This unit will prepare students for fourth-year study and especially for the research project, integrate prior learning with themes central to the science and practice of psychology, link the content, approaches, and assessments to real-life, job-relevant contexts, and prepare students who will be seeking work. Content includes critical methods for psychology and advanced topics.
Unit Learning Outcomes Learning in this unit involves using readings, lectures, in-class discussion, and assessments to:
1. Prepare students for fourth-year study and especially for their research projects (PSY441).
2. Integrate prior learning with themes central to the science and practice of psychology.
3. Link the content, approaches, and assessments, to real-life, job-relevant contexts.
4. Prepare students who will be seeking work after completing the courses.
Timetabled Learning Activities Classes: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to connect content via lectures and readings across the students' entire undergraduate experience and, in particular, to their current 4th-year study activities and future career directions. This unit has three focal areas. First, initial classes focus on specific research-related issues that link to the 4th-year research project (PSY441) that most students in the unit undertake concurrently. Second, the subsequent classes present advanced and integrated topics, as recommended for a capstone 4th-year unit in higher education (and psychology) teaching and learning literature. Finally, the unit seeks to link the content, approaches, and assessments, to real-life, job-relevant contexts, as many student in the course will be seeking work at the completion of the year.
Assessment There are three assessment items in this unit:
1. A funding proposal
2. A systematic review
3. An examination
The two assignments require students to write as though they are writing for non-expert (non-academic, non-psychologist) readers, building students' skills in job-relevant writing. Both assignments link to the fourth-year research project, fulfilling the unit objective of building students' capacity to complete their theses. The examination assesses student understanding of ethics and of the various advanced topics, with a focus on integrating information across topics, appropriate for fourth-year students.
Prerequisites BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY311 Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY315 Psychology: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods or enrolment in Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY599 Graduate Seminar in Psychology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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 Hakuei Fujiyama
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2879
e: Hakuei.Fujiyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.016 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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