PSYCHOL 4302 - Current issues in Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4302 Course Current issues in Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B. Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only Course Description This course is designed to provide students with insights into the nature of psychology as a profession. Students gain will insight into the challenges associated with providing services to complex populations. Topics may vary from one year to the next, but will typically include material relating to: psychology in health and medical contexts such as interviewing and interprofessional practice.
Course Coordinator: Professor Deborah TurnbullThis course is co-convened with Dr Melissa Oxlad.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the successful completion of this course students will:
1) Have more confidence in their ability to demonstrate interpersonal communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research;
2) Be able to demonstrate the key skills required for effective interpersonal communication and interviewing;
3) Have more awareness of the areas that they need to develop further in order to develop their interpersonal communication and interviewing skills, including appropriate cultural responsiveness
4) Be able to explain how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of settings.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
All readings are listed in MyUni under the modules for each of the weeks. These should be completed prior to the seminar for that week.
Barr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The 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 regarding recommended resources please refer to the Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
Material from the training seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni.
This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course is delivered via a series of online and interactive seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The following is indicative.
Interactive sessions: 6 x 3 hours = 18 hours
Mid-semester exercise: 20 hours
Exam preparation: 30 hours
Independent reading: 86 hours
Final exam: 2 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThese will be provided in the first session.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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.
Summative Weighting: 30%
Assessment DetailAssessment is via a mid-semester activity and a final open-book exam.
Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission
process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
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