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Psychology: Practical Skills (PSY544)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit facilitates the learning of skills related to psychological practice. The unit is designed to enable students to develop skills that will assist them applying their undergraduate knowledge to stakeholder needs.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Display basic knowledge and understanding of intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology, and explain psychological phenomena using the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline.
2. Describe the key principles for designing, implementing and evaluating programs of behaviour change.
3. Locate, evaluate and use information appropriately in the research process.
4. Identify and evaluate the source and context of behaviour, and demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, creative and pragmatic problem solving, and intellectual engagement.
5. Recognise how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity.
6. Evaluate psychologists' behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics, and the NHMRC Values and Ethics Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of basic interviewing and interpersonal communication skills, identify the impact or potential impact of one's behaviour on others, and how to adopt flexible techniques to communicate sensitively and effectively with diverse ethnic and cultural partners.
8. Apply knowledge of legislative frameworks (including privacy, human rights), and psychology, society and the workplace/influencing systems.
9. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to solve problems in everyday life and in society.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 3 hour seminars for seven weeks of the semester.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will involve seminar presentations by subject matter experts, focusing on detailed discussions of knowledge and skills that are valuable for psychology graduates. Students should attend the seminar presentations prepared to engage in the applied activities related to the topics being discussed by the presenters, as short peer-interactive sessions are often included in the presentations. Readings for the presentation topics should ideally be conducted in advance of the seminar sessions, allowing students to consolidate their knowledge of a topic during the seminar. This unit will require skills in independent study, well developed critical thinking skills, the application of theory and concepts to applied situations, and the integration of key concepts in the development of an understanding of skills relevant to psychology.
Other Learning Experiences Introductory seminar session delivered via LMS, prior to the on-campus seminars conducted during the semester.
Assessment As part of the unit's assessments, students will complete a program evaluation of an existing program, a critical analysis of either a motivational interviewing or counselling session watched via LMS, and an end-of-semester examination that requires students to demonstrate their understanding of how the unit's content can be applied to practical scenarios or applied settings via a person-in-context approach.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY444 BPsych Practical Placements may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Psychology: Practical Placement'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
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 Brody Heritage
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6547
e: Brody.Heritage@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.021 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

KAPLAN-SGP: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Brody Heritage
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6547
e: Brody.Heritage@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.021 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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