PSYCHOL 7230 - Evidence-based Practice
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7230 Course Evidence-based Practice Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 12 hours per week Restrictions Available to M Psych (Health) students only, or by permission of Head of School Course Description This course provides the student with the advanced research and professional skills required to practice within the scientist- practitioner model. On completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of a practising psychologist. The student will have the ability to identify ethical issues and to locate, understand and apply the major supporting documentation (e.g. Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics). Additionally, the student will have the knowledge and skills to undertake applied research and evaluation in a range of settings.
Course Coordinator: Professor Deborah TurnbullSchool of Psychology Office:
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate application of skills to undertake research in applied settings.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and aptitude for fulfilling statutory and other professional responsibilities.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2
Required ResourcesFor additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Master of Psychology Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information please refer to the relevant Master of Psychology program handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Further information regarding this course is available in the relevant Master of Psychology program handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace-to-face interactive seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Seminars: 12 x 3 hours - 36 hours
Self-directed learning: 25 hours
Independent reading: 75 hours
Assignments: 8 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Day Topic Lecture Day 1 Introduction. The scientist practitioner model and the evidence –based practice paradigm Evidence Based Practice Day 2 Levels of evidence; critical appraisal Evidence Based Practice Day 3 Applied survey design Evidence Based Practice Day 4 Evaluating psychometric instruments Evidence Based Practice Day 5 Meta-analysis and systematic reviews Evidence Based Practice Day 6 Reading and interpreting the numbers and measures Evidence Based Practice Day 7 Applied qualitative research methods; Statutory requirements Evidence Based Practice Day 8 Case study methods
Evidence Based Practice Day 9 Statutory requirements Evidence Based Practice Day 10 Self-care Evidence Based Practice Day 11 Reflective practice; use of supervision; working with diversity Evidence Based Practice Day 12 Ethics, practice and statutory responsibilities Evidence Based Practice
Specific Course RequirementsOn the initial enrolment into one of the Master’s programs, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Critical appraisal exercise Summative 15% 1 Reflective exercise Summative Hurdle requirement 2 Case base exercise Summative 85% 1,2
Assessment DetailCritical appraisal exercise: 250 word assessment of provided article related to disciplinary area; Reflective exercise: 600 words and at least five references about their views about the role of reflective practice in psychology; Case –based exercise: online development of a hypothetical case using e-medici software.
For further information please refer to the relevant Master of Psychology Program Handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
SubmissionUsual supplementary examination opportunities apply. Assessments are forwarded to the course coordinator electronically via MyUni. The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.
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No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
For further information re the Assessment Policy please refer to the relevant Master of Psychology Program Handbook at the following link:
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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