Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Graduate Seminar in Psychology (PSY599)
|Organisational Unit||Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit will prepare students for graduate diploma 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||On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Have a well-developed understanding of techniques for communicating psychological science to a variety of audiences.
2. Have a sound understanding of how to take an informed position on a controversial issue through the evaluation of research.
3. Have an established understanding of the ethical and professional conditions that apply to psychological practice.
4. Understand key ideas and questions in selected advance psychology topics.
5. Display a critical awareness of ethical considerations in psychology research (GA 4).
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lecture: 6 x 2 hours and 6 x 1 hour, and Tutorials: 6 x 1 hour for the Semester
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
|Unit Learning Experiences||Learning in this unit involves using readings, lectures, in-class discussion, and assessments to:
1. Prepare students for graduate-diploma study and especially for their research projects (PSY541).
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. Reflection summaries on seminar.
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||Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed PSY412 Psychology: Fourth Year Seminar may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|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.|