PSYCHOL 3029 - Research Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This research internship provides students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science or Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) an opportunity to develop and apply further knowledge and skills in research and to enhance career readiness skills by undertaking a placement in a relevant workplace setting with a selected host. Students will apply psychological knowledge and concepts in a scientific, reflexive and culturally sensitive manner. They will also demonstrate values and ethics in psychology and conduct, analyse and communicate research in written and oral formats. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application process. Prior to the internship, a project, or set of research-related 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 assessments equivalent to 1-2 days per week.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 3029
    Course Research Internship
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Placement 1-2 days per week + limited class attendance
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites (PSYCHOL 1000, PSYCHOL 1001, PSYCHOL 1005, and PSYCHOL 1006) or (PSYCHOL 1000, PSYCHOL 1001, PSYCHOL 1004, and PSYCHOL 1007)
    Restrictions B.Psych.Sc and Honours Degree B.Psych(Advanced)
    Assessment A range of research-related summative and formative assessments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Rachel Roberts

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Apply psychology-related research knowledge, theory and skills in a research environment in a reflexive, culturally appropriate manner that is sensitive to diversity
    2 Understand how to design and conduct research from idea conceptualisation to knowledge dissemination, including how to do apply appropriate values and ethics
    3 Critically appraise theory and research in psychology
    4 Effectively communicate research practices and outcomes in written and oral formats
    5 Reflect on the research knowledge and skills obtained during their research internship
    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, 3

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    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.

    1, 4, 5

    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.

    1, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 4, 5
  • 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 research internship, a project, or set of research-related 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 assisting with research design/protocol development, participant recruitment and data collection, data screening and analysis, conducting reviews (narrative, scoping, systematic, meta-analysis, meta-syntheses), drafting publications, or any other negotiated research-related task. 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 face-to-face classes to enhance their research knowledge and skills and to conduct a presentation related to their research internship. Students will spend most of their time with the host organisation where they will develop and apply research knowledge and skills to an assigned project and/or set of tasks.

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

    Flipped classroom videos: 1.5 hours
    Lectures: 3 one hour lectures = 3 hours
    Seminars: 2 three hour seminars  = 6 hours
    Assignment 1: 2 hours
    Assignment 2: 2 hours
    Assignment 3: 5 hours
    Assignment 4: 5 hours
    Assignment 5: 1 hour
    Work in host organisation = 126 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    In addition to 18 days undertaking tasks with the host organisation, students will engage with flipped classroom materials prior to attending an interactive, hand-on lecture on 3 occasions early in the semester. Students will also attend seminars later in the semester to present on their internship experience and observe other students doing the same.
    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.
  • 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 Outcome(s) being assessed
    Research Protocol Assessment Summative 20% 1, 2, 3
    Research Quality Assessment Summative 30% 1, 2, 3
    Infographic Summative 20% 1 - 4
    Presentation Summative 30% 1 - 5
    Authorship Declaration Form Formative 0% 2
    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 the internship.
    Assessment Detail
    Research Quality Assessment: Students will assess the quality of published research.

    Research Protocol Assessment: Students will apply knowledge of research protocols.

    Infographic: Students will create an infographic summarising an element of the research.

    Presentation: Students will present on their internship experience.

    Authorship Declaration: Students will submit an authorship declaration in collaboration with their host to ensure all parties are in agreement about whether the students work would constitute authorship on any publication related to the research.
    Assignments are to be submitted via MyUni.

    The Course Coordinator may grant assignment extensions for medical, compassionate, or extenuating circumstances, when students 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.
    Standard School penalties for late submissions; 5% of total marks available will be deducted for each day the work is late. Online submission is possible on weekends, so each day of the weekend will incur a penalty of 5%.
    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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