1 x 2-hour workshop per semester
1 x 75-hour industry placement once-only
1 Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
2 13.5 units from any second year PSYC topics
3 PSYC2018 - Research Methods 2
Must Satisfy: (1) and (2) and (3)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC3043A, PSYC3043B has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students will need a sound understanding of general psychological principles.
Course context
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Topic description
The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge necessary to undertake a placement in the field. Students will be prepared for this in a workshop that will cover mandatory reporting, codes of professional conduct and other ethical issues. In addition, general work readiness skills will be addressed. In addition students will undertake practical experience working in industries related to psychology and the provision of psychological services. The diversity of psychology enables the logical extension of such placements to include most interactive working environments. Students will experience a placement in research or in either the public or private sector. Upon completion of the placement, students will be expected to have acquired industry related skills that can be evaluated against the learning objectives of the topic.
Educational aims
The Work experience topic complements the students' main academic programs, and provides them with a practical opportunity to put their studies into context. Students will be able to appreciate and consolidate theory underpining the practice to which they are exposed. They will need to evaluate these theories as wlll as how they are being implemented. The importance of the scientist practitioner model should be clearly understood.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic, students should be able to:

  1. Apply skills and knowledge already acquired in their course
  2. Appreciate the responsibilities, roles, attitudes, values, priorities, judgement and work methods of psychology and practitioners in industry
  3. Appreciate the overall manner in which psychology is practised
  4. Participate as a member of a team, and understand the roles and value of all members of that team, including other professionals involved in the field and support staff
  5. Further develop their own professional attitudes, and reconcile the obligations, responsibilities and actions of practitioners with their own values.