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Psychology: Honours Seminar (PSY501)
|Organisational Unit||Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|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||1. Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of topic areas within psychology, and have a critical awareness of how these areas overlap and interact with other perspectives in psychology.
2. Be able critically to compare and contrast a variety of psychology research methods.
3. Be able to write for a general audience about the content, methods, and applications of psychology research.
4. Be able to find research papers to answer a question within a particular topic in psychology and to write a systematic review for a general psychology audience.
5. Display a critical awareness of ethical considerations in psychology research.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Classes: 2 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||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 thesis projects
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 course.
|Assessment||There are three assessment items in this unit:
1. Learning journal (3 x 300-word reflections on Psychology seminars).
2. A systematic review (2000 words).
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; and enrolment in Psychology Honours (BPsych(Hons)) or Psychology Honours (BA(Hons)) or Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed PSY411 Psychology: Honours Seminar or PSY412 Psychology: Fourth Year Seminar or PSY599 Graduate Seminar in Psychology may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|