PSYCHOL 4302 - Current issues in Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Honours B.Psychological Science (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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Deborah Turnbull

    This course is co-convened with Dr Melissa Oxlad.  
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    At the successful completion of this course students will be
    able to:


    1 Understand the basis of professional psychological practice, including the Scientist Practitioner model.


    2 Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of different therapeutic or applied psychological methods.


    3 Translate theoretical knowledge into practice.

    4 Understand the ethical issues associated with providing high quality professional services to often
    vulnerable populations.

    5 Recognise the multidisciplinary links that exist between psychology and other related professions.

    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    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.

    Recommended Resources


    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:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/current-students/forms-handbooks/


     

    Online Learning


    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 involves compulsory attendance at a series of interactive research and practice seminars.  It aims to provide exposure to a range of practicing professional psychologists and their modes of practice. Students will be expected to actively engage in skill development activities such as active listening and interviewing. 

    Workload

    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.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course
    requirements.

    Lectures:  6 x 3 hours  = 18 hours
    Mid-semester exercise: 20 hours
    Exam preparation:  30 hours
    Independent reading:  85 hours
    Final exam: 3 hours

    Total: 156

    Learning Activities Summary
    These will be provided in the first session.  


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Mid-semester exercise

    Summative Weighting:  30%
    Learning Outcome Addressed: 1-5


    Open Book Examination

    Summative: 70%
    Learning outcome(s) Addressed: 1-5


    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates:

    15% Graded discussion board

    15% Interview analysis
    70% Exam





    Assessment Detail
    Assessment is via a mid-semester activity and a final open-book exam.   

    Submission


    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.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported 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.

  • Student Feedback

    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.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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