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PSY4090 Psychology Complementary Studies B

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Psych Complementary Studies B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Yong Goh

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Students can only enrol in this course with the approval of the course examiner.


This course exists to satisfy the need for some flexibility in the several programs to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specializations of students. It will provide a capstone experience for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended). Participation in this course can assist in preparing students for job searches and/or post-graduate studies.


This course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study that will complement the other studies in the student's program. Typically the course will consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The studies could involve, for example, directed readings, extension of the project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity
which would complement the student's studies in the program.


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

  1. exhibit evidence of positive teamwork interactions.
  2. provide evidence of effective communication skills.
  3. display the application of critical thinking and analysis.
  4. demonstrate appropriate computer usage.
  5. manage effective use of information.
  6. apply theory to practice.
  7. interpret and analyse data appropriately.
  8. be organised and develop superior skills in attention to detail.
  9. acquire and apply skill in independence in learning.
  10. establish advanced time management skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. No specific topics can be listed as the content of the course may vary from student to student. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester, the supervisor will provide to the examiner -
1. an outline of the study
2. the objectives of the study
3. the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study
4. requirements for the student to achieve a passing grade
5. the method of combining the results on each item of assessment to produce the student's final grade
6. a statement about attendance requirements
7. any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner or the Faculty.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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To be advised by the student's supervisor.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 150.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 100 100 24 Oct 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Refer to the Examiner for information about these due dates.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  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.

  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 (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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 complementary study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the Examiner and the appropriate Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain complementary study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. It is the student's responsibility to find a staff member willing to supervise their study.

  2. Assessment of the course will be carried out in a manner that is suitable for the chosen study. The assessment program will be determined by the Supervisor but will require the Examiner's approval.

  3. The supervisor will advise the student and the Examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester in TOPICS above.

  4. When the assessment is completed, the supervisor will advise the examiner of the grade to be awarded.

  5. 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.