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PSY2104 Psychological Skills C

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Psychological Skills C
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

Staffing

Examiner: Adina Piovesana

Requisites

Pre-requisite: PSY1105

Rationale

This is the third course in the professional preparation program. Students will continue to develop capabilities in research and professional skills. Successful completion of this course will assist students in meeting the professional associations foundational and pre-professional graduate competencies.

Synopsis

This course deals with the fundamental issues of research and professional skills. With respect to psychological research skills this course centres on development of skills typical of a competent research assistant. With respect to professional skills development, this course focuses on developing interpretative skills in psychological assessment and report writing.

Objectives

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

  1. develop and apply a wide range of skills necessary to become a competent research assisstant;
  2. conduct and interpret specific types of statistial analyses;
  3. appropriately interpret and report on a diversity of tests associated with cognition and psychosocial functioning.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Research Skills
Collecting Data
Data Entry on Computers
Creating Figures and Tables (that are acceptable for publication)
Doing Statistical Analyses
Interpreting Statistical Output
50.00
2. Professional Skills
Interpreting psychological tests
Reporting the findings of psychological tests
50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=PSY2104)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

IBM SPSS STATISTICS BASE GRAD PACK VERSION 24.0 (SPSS Version 20.0 or later is acceptable) (Note: Oncampus students have access to this software in campus computer laboratories and are not required to purchase SPSS).

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
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 88.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Professional Assessment Report 40 50 13 Jun 2019 (see note 1)
Research Competency Test 40 50 13 Jun 2019 (see note 2)

Notes
  1. The examiner will advise all assignment due dates.
  2. The examiner will advise all assignment due dates.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the course, students should actively participate in the course discussion group

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

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle). Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  3. 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 (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=13306PL) 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. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing