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PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 May 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BSHP or MSCR (Psychology Research)


There are a range of ethical and professional issues that are common to psychological practice and research. This course introduces students to many of the ethical and professional issues that are associated with the professional practice of psychology, researching psychological issues, and developing an identity as a scientist-practitioner. This course contributes to the student’s knowledge of ethical codes of conduct including National Practice Standards, competencies required for registration, the practice-research nexus, and how their personal values impact their daily practice and research.

This course uses a range of real-life and simulated case studies to introduce students to working with, and researching, different client/participant groups including marginalised and vulnerable populations. Ethical and professional issues associated with these different groups are explored and investigated, including the application of guidelines when working through ethical dilemmas in a variety of practice and research settings.

BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses. These students will have to be manually enrolled.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 May 2023