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PSY2105 Psychological Skills D

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
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 : Professional Pathway Psych
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


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 association's 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 Career Development Learning component engages students in a range of career development activities to prepare them for subsequent placements and/or employment.


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. formulate and apply therapeutic interventions for managing individual change, considering the appropriateness of such intervention models for use with Indigenous Australian clients;
  5. critically reflect on their skill application;
  6. construct tailored psychology-related job applications.


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 partial report summarising the research project
2. Professional Skills
2.1 Case formulation in psychological practice
2.2 Introduction to therapeutic intervention models and skills
2.3 Therapy with Indigenous Australians
2.4 Becoming a reflective practitioner
3. Career Development learning
3.1 Constructing tailored psychology-related job applications

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Open-Source Software for Windows and Mac Users – JASP - (Instructions on how to download the software will be provided on StudyDesk).
There are no texts assigned for this course. All necessary materials will be provided and through the course StudyDesk. (

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
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 83.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Professional Skills: ONL Quiz 10 5 30 Jul 2021 4
Reflective Activity 15 15 13 Aug 2021 4,5
Skills Demo&CriticalReflection 100 20 27 Aug 2021 4,5
Research Data Collection 10 17 Sep 2021 1
Research - Report 40 40 08 Oct 2021 1,2,3
Career Development Portfolio 20 20 22 Oct 2021 6

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. This includes the recorded lectures and tutorials. 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 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). Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this 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 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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Online 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. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online 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 the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Date printed 21 July 2021