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PSY3104 Psychological Skills E

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology, Counselling and Community

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Examiner: Annissa O'Shea
Moderator: Gerry Tehan


Pre-requisite: PSY2105 and Students must be enrolled in Program: BPSH


This course continues the professional preparation program in professional skill development, research capabilities and work integrated learning.


The development of psychological research skills involves conducting an individual piece of research. This semester will focus upon designing and conducting a psychological experiment. Students will be required to write an Introduction and method section. Work integrated learning will continue via a community/industry placement of approximately 100 hours duration.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. conduct an independent piece of research;
  2. use other professional skills that are appropriate to the placement setting;
  3. develop and demonstrate understanding of how psychological theory informs workplace practices;
  4. develop and demonstrate teamwork and professional communication skills;
  5. provide positive contributions to the goals of the WIL placement.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research Skills
Conduct an independent piece of research
Write a literature review for a journal article
2. Work Integrated Learning
Community/Industry Placement

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2003, Ethical guidelines, 5th edn, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.
  • The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2007, Code of ethics, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Class Contact 39.00
Community or Industry Placement 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PLACEMENT REVIEW WIL 50 50 12 Jun 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Attendance at the placement review workshop is compulsory.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There are no examinations in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Since there is no examination in this course, there are no supplementary or deferred exams.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Access to email, discussion groups and the internet is a departmental requirement. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. Information sent this way will be regarded as being receivable.

  3. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //