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PSY2104 Psychological Skills C

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology

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Examiner: Graeme Senior
Moderator: Gerry Tehan


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSH


This course continues the professional preparation program in professional skill development and research capabilities.


This course deals with the fundamental issues of research and professional skills. With respect to psychological research skills this course centres on the preparation of a research proposal consisting of an ethics application, a review of the literature and specification of a research methodology. With respect to professional skills development, this course focuses on assessment skills which include administration of psychological tests and issues regarding psychiatric nosology and diagnosis. The Work Integrated learning component of the course deals with issues associated with student's first placement in the following semester.


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

  1. write an ethical clearance application;
  2. write a research proposal consisting of a literature review, rationale for the experiment, expected outcomes and a full description of the experimental methodology;
  3. demonstrate the ability to appropriately administer a Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale;
  4. develop a resume and prepare applications for subsequent community/industry and university-supported placements.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research Skills

Write an ethics application

Write a research proposal
2. Professional Skills

Psychological Testing - the WAIS-III
3. Work Integrated Learning

Career development - WIL preparation

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Class Contact 39.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH-LIT REVIEW (1000WDS) 45 45 14 Jun 2011

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.

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

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Not applicable.

  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 grade 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 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. Students who do not qualify for a passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have achieved the required standard. It is expected that such students will have been assessed as close to satisfactorily completing the Competency Test.

  2. 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.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  4. 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.

  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. //