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PSY1105 Psychological Skills B

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling

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Examiner: Tony Machin
Moderator: Gerry Tehan


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


This is the second course in the professional preparation program. Students will again be asked to develop capabilities in research, professional issues and in work integrated learning.


In PSY1105 students will continue their preparation in psychological research and professional skills. With respect to psychological research skills, the course applies the observational skills examined in Semester 1 to the experimental domain. As such, students will be required to run an experiment, test participants, record results, and score and analyse obtained data. With respect to the professional skills component, the course will introduce students to foundation intervention skills and models for therapeutic formulation and intervention. Students will be required to develop skills for thinking about issues that affect people, and to frame these within evidence based approaches to psychological interventions. Questioning styles based on a range of therapeutic modalities will also be introduced to develop students' awareness of the technical skills required to stimulate individual change.


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

  1. Apply research methods to the experimental domain.
  2. Develop awareness of frameworks for understanding issues affecting people.
  3. Develop foundation microskills for managing individual change.
  4. Develop beginning awareness of professional practice orientation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conducting experimental research in psychology
1.1 Experimental and Correlational Designs
1.2 Test participants in the experiment
1.3 Record, score and analyse data.
1.4 Write up experimental Reports
2. Professional Skills
2.1 Develop awareness of frameworks for understanding issues affecting people
2.2 Case formulation in psychological practice
2.3 Introductory therapies 1: Motivational interviewing
2.4 Introductory therapies 2: Reality (or schema focused) therapy
2.5 Introductory therapies 3: Solution focused therapy
2.6 Introductory therapies 4: Cognitive behaviour therapy
2.7 Becoming a reflective practitioner

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 30.00
Class Contact 39.00
Private Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH COMPETENCY TEST 20 34 30 Oct 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Assessment due dates to be announced

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 a minimum of 50% in each piece of assessment.

  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 (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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

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

  3. Access to email, discussion groups and the internet is a School requirement. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  4. 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. //