PSYCHOL 4302 - Current issues in Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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 students in the BPsychSc (Honours) and Honours year of BPsych(Hons) Course Description This course is designed provide students with insights into the nature of psychology as a profession and the links between theoretical developments in psychology and professional practice. Students will gain insights into the challenges associated with providing services to complex, vulnerable and diverse populations as well as the ethical responsibilities of practitioners. Topics will vary from one year to the next, but will typically include material relating to: psychological in health/ medical contexts; addiction; disability issues; applied assessment; forensic psychology and positive psychology.
Course Coordinator: Professor Deborah TurnbullSchool of Psychology Office: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph +61 8313 5693
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 be
1 Understand contemporary developments in professional psychological practice, including an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of client groups.
2 Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of different therapeutic or applied psychological methods.
3 Translate theoretical knowledge into practice (e.g., developments in health psychology).
4 Understand the ethical issues associated with providing high quality professional services to often
5 Recognise the multidisciplinary links that exist between psychology and other related professions including
medical practice, social work and public health.
6 Understand and recognise the skills required for effective interactions with clients.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,4,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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 component of the course involves compulsory attendance at a series of research training seminars. The rest involves independent student learning, consultations with supervisors and the course co-ordinator. The aim is to provide exposure to a range of practicing professional psychologists and their modes of practice to be considered in light of the current dominant model of the scientist-practitioner in psychology. Students will be expected to actively engage in the activities that are set out in the seminar series.
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
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course
Lectures: 6 x 3 hours = 18 hours
Mid-semester exercise: 20 hours
Exam preparation: 30 hours
Independent reading: 85 hours
Final exam: 3 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1 Working with real people in real enviroments
Week 2 Drug driving in Australia: A psychological perspective
Week 3 An exploration of CAM, alternative and fringe therapies in psychology
Week 4 The health economics of psychology
Week 5 Neurotherapy Integrated Models
Week 6 Refugees and trauma
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
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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.
Summative Weighting: 30%
Learning Outcome Addressed: 1-5
Open Book Examination
Learning outcome(s) Addressed: 1-5
The mid-semester exercise will be varied from one year to the next. In some years, it may involve the assessment of a particular article or reading. In others, students may be asked to give a presentation, prepare a Powerpoint, draft conference paper, or write a short essay. The examination (open book over 4 days) will include questions from each of the 6 sections of the course. Questions will require advanced conceptual knowledge concerning each topic and a demonstration of independent reading and/ or research.
Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission
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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
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