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PSY2105 Psychological Skills D

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Psychological Skills D
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: Nancey Hoare


Pre-requisite: PSY2104


This is the fourth 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.


This course further develops the research and critical thinking skills learned by students in other courses and also introduces students to the skills required to function effectively in mental health settings. 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. The Work Integrated Learning component engages students in a range of career development activities to prepare them for subsequent placements and/or employment.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.


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

  1. conduct an experiment they have designed;
  2. analyse the results of their experiment;
  3. write a results and discussion section of a journal article;
  4. identify and implement - foundational behaviour change skills for managing individual change;
  5. construct a cover letter, resume, and respond to selection criteria.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research Skills
1.1 conduct an experiment they have designed
1.2 analyse the results of their experiment
1.3 produce a poster summarising the research project
2. Professional Skills
2.1 Case formulation in psychological practice
2.2 Introductory therapies 1
2.3 Introductory therapies 2
2.4 Becoming a reflective practitioner
3. Work Integrated learning
3.1 Career development

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 50.00
Directed Study 15.00
Private Study 83.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Research - Literature Review 40 40 01 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
Skills Demo and Analysis 40 40 08 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
Career Development Portfolio 20 20 15 Oct 2019 (see note 3)
Res School Attend & Particip 1 0 15 Oct 2019 (see note 4)

  1. The examiner will advise all assignment due dates.
  2. The skills demonstration will be scheduled on the last day of the residential school. The examiner will advise the due date for the analysis component.
  3. The examiner will advise all assignment due dates.
  4. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Both external and on-campus students must attend the mandatory residential school. 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 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 students must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle, i.e the Residential School Attendance and Participation by achieving a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  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. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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.