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Psychology: Practical Placement (PSY544)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-placement (quota of 30 places), S2-placement (quota of 30 places), W-placement (quota of 10 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The purpose of this unit is to give students opportunities to gain skills and experience from a workplace in an applied setting. Supervision will be provided jointly by university staff and practitioners in, whenever possible, the field of choice. This unit is designed to comply with the University Workplace learning policy. Selection to placements is based on academic performance in Psychology units and other criteria.
Timetabled Learning Activities 5 days placement preparation (which includes 9 hours of required seminar participation).
Other Learning Experiences 10 days on placement. The individual learning experiences will vary based on the placement to which a student is allocated. There will be practical components, a major project and diary requirements as the main learning tools.
Assessment Students are required to negotiate their learning goals within the context of their placement. This is then submitted to the placement coordinator for approval. As reflective practice is critical for students, the reflective diary is a significant proportion of your mark. The final project should be submitted immediately after completion of your placement, and your self-assessment and supervisor assessments will indicate the extent to which you have learnt professional skills on placement. Students will get written feedback on all assessed components, except supervisor feedback which may be sought from the supervisor directly during your placement.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY444 BPsych Practical Placements may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students may require Police Clearance and Working with Children Certificates where appropriate. Students wishing to apply for the unit must submit an application to the Unit Coordinator. The application form is available from
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources for supervising students during practicum. Selection may be based on academic performance in core Psychology units, as well as other criteria and the number of placements available.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
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