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Honours Psychology Skills (PSY513)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description This unit equips Honours students with a range of skills and knowledge required for success in the Honours program, further study, and the workplace. In particular, the focus of this unit will be on developing the following:
-Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of Psychology
-Advanced research analysis skills
-Psychology interviewing skills
-Science communication skills
-Ethics skills
This unit is best taken concurrently with the thesis unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completing this unit, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate advanced 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 to use, as well as critically compare and contrast, a variety of psychology research methods.
3. Be able to communicate in both written and audiovisual format to a variety of audiences 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 an awareness of values and ethical considerations in psychology research.
6. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of interpersonal communication and interviewing skills in the context of psychological practice and research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Classes are two hours per week. There are two types of class formats, either a two-hour lecture or a one-hour seminar followed by a one-hour tutorial. These will vary in accordance with the seminar schedule.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit you will achieve the numbered learning outcomes as follows:
1. You will develop advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge through engaging in the Psychology Seminar series, in which established researchers from universities across the globe present their work, and then stay on after the talk for extended interactions with you.
2. You will learn advanced statistical techniques of particular relevance to your thesis project through lectures and assignments.
3. You will develop your communication skills by writing reflections about what you learned from each seminar speaker. You will also develop oral presentation skills to a general audience for the research poster presentation.
4. You will develop research skills by writing a systematic review of a research area, typically aligned with your thesis topic. There will also be lectures from both Psychology and Library staff to guide your learning, as well as one from Counselling staff that develops skills for dealing with procrastination.
5. You will learn about ethics in research through lectures on this topic.
6. You will develop interviewing skills through lectures and an assignment testing your competencies in this area.
Other Learning Experiences The research poster presentation will be scheduled at the end of semester 2, usually two weeks after the thesis submission date.
Assessment The assessments are aligned to the learning outcomes and experiences in the unit. There are six assessments:

1. Systematic review (2000 words) of an area related to your thesis research (ULO 1, 3, 4) - 20%
2. Lab report (2000 words) on selected statistics module (ULO 1, 2, 3) - 20%
3. Critical analysis (2000 words) of motivational interviewing session (ULO 5, 6) - 20%
4. Learning journal reflecting on seminar series (3 x 300 words, ULO 1, 3, 4) - 10%
5. Poster presentation (A0 poster and oral presentation) of your thesis research (ULO 1, 3) - 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in H1256/H1257 Psychology with Honours (BA/BSc)
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY501 are not eligible to take this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Psychology Honours (BA(Hons))
Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))
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 Matthew Thompson
Senior Lecturer Cognitive Psychology

e: Matthew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Dr Matthew Thompson
Senior Lecturer Cognitive Psychology

e: Matthew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au
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