PSYCHOL 1006 - Psychology Skills and Applications

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

The aim of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of applications of psychology and to practice applied skills in the broad areas such as interpersonal communication. Students will be encouraged to consider career pathways and to develop transferable skills to enhance work readiness.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 1006
    Course Psychology Skills and Applications
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 1 hour per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 1000 or PSYCHOL 1005 or PSYCHOL 1001 (as concurrent enrolment)
    Restrictions Available to B Psych Science students only
    Assessment Participation and written and verbal assessment pieces.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Deborah Turnbull

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals
    2 Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology
    4 Demonstrate interpersonal skills
    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Curated online resources and specialised online presentations will be delivered via the E-Learning platform, MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The course content is organised into 4 modules.

    Each module includes lecture content, reading lists and links to resources. Each module becomes available as the course progresses. 

    Myuni is used extensively for announcements, discussion board, online lecture content, self directed learning activities, external web-links, details of assessment and assignment submission.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online and face-to-face modes. 

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

    Lectures/Face-to-Face Contact Hours:
    1 hours per week in online lectures over a 12 week period (Total 12 hours)
    12 hours per semester in small group worshops as scheduled (Total 12 hours)

    Reading and additional self directed study (Total 72 hours)

    Assessment Tasks:

    Preparation for workshops (6 hours)
    Locating, reading and assimilating background material and preparing written assignment (20 hours)
    Preparing group presentation (10 hours)
    Revision and preparation of modular assessments (24 hours)

    Total time commitment: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Workshop participation: students engage in weekly workshop activities involving hands-on activities and group work to develop and practice applied skills.

    Group project and presentation: Small teams of students will work together to identify a topic for an observational analysis, determine the behaviours to be recorded, prepare recording sheets and discuss ethical and practical issues involved in conducting the study. Group presentations of the project will be held in workshop sessions.

    Modular assessments: In class and online assessments of learning for skills introduced in modules 2,3 and 4 (15% each) which would include administering, scoring and interpreting a number of non restricted psychological tests; identifying ethical and practical issues in testing; recording, analyzing and interpreting observational data; identifying microskills necessary for good communication and demonstrating reflective listening skills.

    Written report: Students will address one applied intervention from a shortlist of topics provided  The report will involve describing the intervention, critically evaluating its evidence base and commenting on ethical issues or limitations.
  • 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
    Assessments will include those within semester and at the end of semester.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Workshop Participation: students engage in weekly small group activities involving  Attendance and participation in the Workshop will be recorded.

    Group Project: Students will work in small groups to prepare an observational analysis. Group presentations of the project will be held in workshop sessions.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessments will include those within semester and at the end of the semester.
    Submission of assignments will be via the Myuni portal.
    Course Grading

    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

    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 ( 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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