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TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Intro Psychology & Counselling
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090513 - Counselling
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Naomi Ryan


Students entering university through a tertiary pathway or enabling program and who wish to pursue studies in the fields of psychology or counselling will benefit from a course intended to introduce them to the career pathways available in these fields. Many students perceive the fields of psychology and counselling a popular career pathway however they know little about the differences between the two, what is required to become qualified, theories used or the career outcomes that exist. This course will introduce the students to the career options within these fields, what differences exist between counselling and psychology, some key theories that are applied in practice and their applications.

The skills learnt throughout this course will build upon and supplement the knowledge the student has gained through their study of TPP7122 Study Management and TPP7123 Communicating at University B. It will also better prepare them for making a choice in relation to future tertiary studies and give them an informed view of what the study of psychology and counselling entails.


This course provides students with an introduction to the careers and pathways that exist in the fields of psychology and counselling. Module based study will guide students through an introduction to counselling and psychology careers, the differences that exist between the two, some of the theories that are used within the fields and how they are applied in context. The course will draw on examples and case studies that outline the application of theory. It will conclude with the student applying self-reflection to their own circumstances with the application of an appropriate theory of psychology and counselling.


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

  1. Describe career pathways in the fields of psychology and of counselling
  2. Explain differences between careers in psychology and careers in counselling
  3. Discuss basic theories of psychology and of counselling
  4. Reflect on own life experiences, using theory of psychology and of counselling


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is psychology? What is Counselling? 10.00
2. Career pathways in the fields of psychology and counselling 10.00
3. Introduction to basic psychology theories 17.50
4. Introduction to basic counselling theories 17.50
5. Application of psychology and counselling theories 45.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.
Corey, G 2017, Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, 10th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.
Kalat, J.W 2014, Introduction to psychology, 10th edn, Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 45.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quiz 1 10 10 08 Mar 2019
Quiz 2 10 10 22 Mar 2019
Assignment 1 35 35 17 May 2019
Assignment 2 45 45 31 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that 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 a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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 must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Tertiary Preparation Program and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.