PSYCHOL 3028 - Psychology Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This internship provides students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science an opportunity to develop and apply career readiness skills by undertaking a placement in a relevant workplace setting in selected business, not-for-profit, government, scientific or community organisations. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application process. Prior to the internship, a project, or set of activities that will be undertaken will be defined and agreed to by the host organisation, the student and the University. The course will integrate placement attendance, with university-based preparatory work, and assessments equivalent to 1-2 days per week.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 3028
    Course Psychology Internship
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Placement 1-2 days per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 6 units of Level II Psychology
    Restrictions Bachelor of Psychological Science students only
    Assessment Online modules, reflective journal, major report and Host feedback
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Oxlad

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify skills and capabilities from prior learning in the degree that intersect effectively with the needs of industry.
    2. Demonstrate workplace competencies in a professional context.
    3. Set goals and effectively undertake psychology-related work in a practical setting.
    4. Reflect on internship experiences that may aid future employability.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Course Coordinator will provide any reading or interactive materials via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The Course Coordinator will provide any reading or interactive materials via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    This course will use MyUni for the following:
    - Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of assessment
    - Access to resources such as reading and interactive materials
    - Self-directed learning activities

    Link to MyUni:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Prior to the internship, a project, or set of activities that the student will work on are defined and agreed to by the host organisation, the student and the University. Appropriate Internship projects/activities may include a systematic review related to evidence-based practice, reviewing organisational policies and aiding with training content, developing program resources and training materials, designing, supporting the implementation of, and evaluating programs and reporting on outcomes, conducting focus groups and/or interviews, analysing research data, or any other negotiated project. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students will be involved in observations and meetings, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the organisation.

    Students will attend a face-to-face introductory seminar to learn about the requirements and expectations of undertaking an internship. Most learning will occur within the host organisation where students will use knowledge and skills gained in their degree, along with written and oral communication skills to undertake an assigned project and/or set of tasks. Students will also attend a second face-to-face seminar near the end of their internship to share their experience with peers and to provide feedback about undertaking an internship.

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

    Seminars: 2 seminars of one hour each near the beginning and end of internship = 2 hours
    Online Quiz: 1 hour
    Assignment 1: 5 hours
    Assignment 2: 7 hours 
    Assignment 3: 15 hours
    Work in host organisation = 119 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will undertake an internship in a host organisation. Each organisation may have its own requirements that must be met before placement such as police checks, working with children checks and immunisations. Students will be notified of any requirements when given information about each internship opportunity so they can take any requirements into consideration before applying for specific organisations.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not Applicable.

  • 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
    Assessment Task Assessment Type           Weighting           Learning Outccome(s) Being Assessed
    Online Quiz Summative 15% 1
    Reflective Journal of 500-800 words (Pre-internship) Summative 15% 1,3
    Reflective Journal of 800-1000 words (Late-internship)   Summative 20% 1-4
    Host Organisation report Formative NGP 2
    Reflective Report of 2000 words Summative 50% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Successful completion of the internship is required in order to pass this course. Should the host organisation be dissatisfied with the students’ performance this will be addressed by the student, the Host and the Course Coordinator giving the student a chance to address the concern to complete theinternship.
    Assessment Detail
    Online Quiz: Students will be required to complete an online quiz - before going on Internship. This will be in relation to appropriate workplace safety and practice.

    Assignment 1: Reflective Journal of 500-800 words Pre-internship -  Students will be required to write a reflective journal about the knowledge and skills they bring to the internship, capabilities they wish to develop while on internship and the importance of developing such capabilities.

    Assignment 2: Reflective Journal of 800-1000 words Late-internship - Students will be required to write a reflective journal about their experience on internship. This will include any change in goals, and examples of when they have applied their knowledge and skills.

    Host Organisation Report: Students will be required to submit a brief report from their host organisation, which evaluates their performance while on Internship. Note: successful completion of the placement is required to pass the course.

    Assignment 3: Reflective Report of 2000 words - Students will be required to write a 2000 word reflective report describing their host organisation, activities undertaken, key learnings, response to feedback, and how the knowledge and skills they have learnt in their degree were able to be applied in the host organisation, and how the internship will be beneficial for future employment.
    Assignments are to be submitted via MyUni.

    Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time. No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
    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.

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