PSYCHOL 4313 - Applied Psychological Interventions and Research

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

In this course students will learn about applying psychological theory and evidence in mental and physical health, organisational and other domains of human experience, and about the relationship between research and the application of psychological interventions by applied psychologists.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 4313
    Course Applied Psychological Interventions and Research
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B.Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only
    Assessment Scenario-based quiz and Evaluation report.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Amy Zadow

    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. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of psychological intervention strategies in clinical, health, organisational and human factors contexts.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of approaches used to develop an evidence base for applied psychological interventions across diverse domains of psychological practice.
    3. Critically evaluate the design, implementation, and analysis of psychological interventions in Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Organisational and Human Factors Psychology.
    4. Demonstrate the different and complementary contributions of applied psychological interventions to address the needs of individuals, organisations, and communities in an ethical and culturally responsive way.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of progress towards cultural responsiveness in applied psychological interventions and research.
    6. Communicate the principles of psychological applications and interventions to a non-specialist audience.
    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
    All lectures power-point slides will be made available on MyUni and any other additional resources.

    Barr Smith Library
    Students must have access to the Barr Smith Library.
    For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook.
    Recommended Resources
    Reading lists, case report guides, and weblinks will be provided on MyUni during the course.
    Online Learning
    Material from the 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 additional readings and internet resources
    Self-directed learning activities
    Assessment preparation materials.

    Link to MyUni:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


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

    There are 6 weekly seminars of 2 hours duration supported by online resources in MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1 (24 July) Applied interventions with organisations (Work Stress) Dr Amy Zadow
    Week 2 (31 July) Applied interventions with systems (Human Factors) Dr Jaime Auton
    Week 3 (7 August) Applied interventions with individuals (Sports) Dr John Baranoff

    Scenario-based quiz (30%) 

    Week 4 (14 August) Applied interventions with individuals (Children) Dr Alyssa Sawyer and Dr Amanda Taylor
    Week 5 (21 August) Applied interventions with populations (Health) Dr Melissa Oxlad
    Week 6 (28 August) Applied interventions with individuals (Sleep) Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

    Written Report (70%)

    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
  • 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 Outcomes Assessed
    Scenario-based quiz Summative 30 1,2,4,5
    Intervention Evaluation  report Summative 70 1,2,3,4,5,6

    Assessment Related Requirements

    The scenario-based quiz and intervention evaluation report will demonstrate and apply knowledge of evaluation of an evidence base to specific interventions from Clinical, Health, or Organisational and Human Factors Psychology, considering ethical and cultural responsiveness.
    Assessment Detail
    Scenario-based quiz (30%) - electronic submission.
    Written intervention evaluation report (70%) - electronic submission.
    All work is to be electronically submitted.
    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.

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