PSYCHOL 6604OL - Psychological Applications and Interventions

Online - Online Teaching 4 - 2022

How do you apply psychological knowledge and interventions in health, legal, and organisational settings to improve psychological and practical outcomes? This course will develop the thinking necessary to identify a problem, assess and apply psychological knowledge in a culturally responsive way to improve the lives of individuals, organisations, and communities. It will also cover skills for the translation of psychological knowledge to industry and not-for-profit settings.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6604OL
    Course Psychological Applications and Interventions
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 4
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6600OL, PSYCHOL 6601OL and PSYCHOL 6602OL
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (OL) students only
    Course Description How do you apply psychological knowledge and interventions in health, legal, and organisational settings to improve psychological and practical outcomes? This course will develop the thinking necessary to identify a problem, assess and apply psychological knowledge in a culturally responsive way to improve the lives of individuals, organisations, and communities. It will also cover skills for the translation of psychological knowledge to industry and not-for-profit settings.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Bartholomaeus

    Course Timetable

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

    Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Summarise how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of contexts.
    2 Apply psychological knowledge in an ethical and culturally responsive way to improve the lives of individuals, organisations, and communities.
    3 Communicate how psychological science can be applied to solving problems to a non-specialist audience.
    4 Plan evidence-based psychological interventions to solve problems in applied contexts.
    5 Critically evaluate the design, implementation, and analysis of psychological interventions.
    6 Translate psychological principles and knowledge into viable and practical solutions to real-world problems.
    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.

    1, 2, 6

    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.

    3, 4, 5, 6

    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.

    2, 4, 6

    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.

    2, 6

    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.

    4, 6

    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.

    4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering using MyUni. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and will be provided with curated required and recommended readings and resources. They will use a telecommunications application (Zoom) to engage in online tutorials.
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed reading lists will be provided within course modules; all reading will be accessible online. Assignments will be submitted via Turnitin.
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. MyUni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.

    Best practice for accelerated online learning at the University of Adelaide will be used, and will include the following elements:

    1) Announcement

    2) Syllabus Outlines

    3) Assessment Overviews

    4) Detailed assessment guidance for each assessment piece

    5) Discussion boards

    6) Turn-it-in

    7) Modules

    8) Group Collaboration Area

    9) Course Readings
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online videos, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self-directed study supported by weekly online 90 minute tutorial sessions.

    There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

    Students will complete all of the following activities online;
    • Read the material presented in Canvas and participate in the interactive exercises, which will expand upon the material more thoroughly.
    • Watch the videos that are in the course to learn about key concepts.
    • Complete the exercises putting work into practice.
    • Participate in the discussion boards & interactive group sessions.
    • Attempt all the quizzes for learning purposes and are not graded to assist in parts of the course or ask for help on the discussion boards.
    • Complete readings online and use communication tools to interact and expand on content.

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

    Hours per Week
    Tutorials: 1.5 hours
    Tutorial Preparation: 1 hour
    Assessment Related Tasks: 8.5 hours
    Engaging with online activities: 9 hours
    Weekly Reading/Study: 5 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction to Psychological Applications and Interventions
    • Nudging — An Example of the Application of Psychological Knowledge
    • Applying Psychological Knowledge — Interventions
    • Intervention Classifications (Schools of Thought)
    • Framework for Implementing and Evaluating Interventions
    2. Interventions with Individuals – Clinical, Sleep, and Sport Psychology
    • Clinical Interventions — CBT, ACT, and DBT
    • Sleep and Sport Interventions
    • Ethical and Cultural Considerations
    • Online/Digital Advances in One-on-One Interventions
    • Statistical Tools for One-on-One Intervention Analysis
    3. Interventions with Groups — Organisational Psychology
    • The Psychology of Groups
    • Organisational Culture and Leadership
    • Stress and Performance in an Organisation
    • Cross-cultural Considerations in the Workplace
    • Research Designs for Analysis of Organisational Interventions
    4. Interventions with Populations — Health Promotion and Implementation Science
    • Health Psychology and Health Promotion
    • Psychological Principles of Public Health Messaging and Persuasion
    • Implementation science and health economics
    • Ethical and Cultural Considerations for Population Interventions
    • App-based Health Interventions
    • Research Designs for Analysing Changes in Populations
    5. The Translation of Psychological Knowledge
    • Research Translation and Social Enterprise
    • Skills to Commercialised Research
    • Engaging with Government and Industry
    • Research Translation
    6. System-Level Interventions: Using Psychological Science to Improve the Legal System
    • Introduction to Systems
    • Eyewitness Evidence and Identification
    • The Psychology of False Confessions
    • Generalising Learnings and Principles from the Legal System
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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 Task Type % Weighting Hurdle Requirement
    Course Learning Outcomes being assessed
    Assessment 1: Scenario-Based Short-Answer Summative


    No 1, 2, 5
    Assessment 2: Organisational Report Summative 35% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment 3: Translating Research Summative 45% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are no assessment related requirements for this course
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Scenario-Based Short Answer (900 words) (Weighting 20%):
    This assessment is designed to provide an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge you have learnt in Modules 1 and 2 to real-world scenarios. You are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate interventions to the scenarios and to consider ethical and cultural issues that may arise during the planned intervention.

    Assessment 2: Organisational Report (1500 words) (Weighting 35%):
    This assessment is designed to develop your understanding of how to identify, research, and implement a psychological intervention in a real-world scenario. You will use your research skills to find and reference relevant literature and you will demonstrate your ability to logically plan the implementation of an evidence-based intervention in a real-world setting to meet a specific need.

    Assessment 3: Translating Research (Weighting 45%):
    As governments, universities, and the private sector increasingly emphasise a focus on the real-world impact of research, research translation (and its related skills) is becoming more and more important. Therefore, this assessment involves commercialising a research idea to develop a service or product. By completing this assessment, you will develop your research translation skills and the ability to critically evaluate commercialised products and services.
    All assessment occurs online: e-submission, checking for academic integrity in written assessments, e-marking and uploading of videos and other content for both summative and formative assessment task.
    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.

  • Student Support

    Counselling for Fully Online Postgraduate Students

    Fully online students can access counselling services here:

    Phone: 1800 512 155 (24/7) 

    SMS service: 0439 449 876 (24/7) 


    Go to the Study Smart Hub to learn more, or speak to your Student Success Advisor (SSA) on 1300 296 648 (Monday to Thursday, 8.30am–5pm ACST/ACDT, Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm ACST/ACDT)

  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.