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PSY4080 Psychology Complementary Studies A

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Psych Complementary Studies A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Sonya Winterbotham

Other requisites

To undertake the WIL Placement stream students must have completed PSY2105. To undertake the Capstone Project stream students must have completed 1st and 2nd year psychology courses or must be enrolled in the BSED.


This course assists students to apply their psychology knowledge and skills in either a Capstone Project or Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) experience to prepare for employment and/or further studies. It provides flexibility to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specialisations of students. Students will experience how psychological theories and constructs are implemented in applied settings, thereby gaining valuable insights into psychology-related work environments and careers.


This course offers two streams of project engagement from which students will choose ONE. The two streams are either: 1) Capstone Project, or 2) Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

The WIL Placement stream offers students the opportunity to critically apply and further develop the professional skills that they have acquired throughout the psychological skills courses. Specifically, Work Integrated Learning will consist of a community/industry/research placement of 100 hours duration. In addition to the placement, this stream also requires students to meet with the course examiner and complete a portfolio.

The Capstone Project stream provides the opportunity for a student to pursue 100 hours duration of supervised project that can consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area of psychology. The project may involve, for example, directed readings, extension of the project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity which would complement the student's studies in the program. In addition to the project engagement, students are required to meet with course examiner and complete a portfolio. Students enrolled in the Capstone Project stream will be provided with a list of available projects from which to choose.


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

  1. Apply a variety of professional and employability skills that are appropriate to the Capstone Project or WIL placement context;
  2. Critically apply the scientist-practitioner model and psychological theory to the Capstone Project or WIL placement; and
  3. Positively contribute to achieve the identified goals of the capstone project or WIL placement.


Description Weighting(%)
1. As determined by the Project Supervisor/ WIL host and approved by the Examiner. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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No textbooks have been allocated for this course of study. All necessary materials will be distributed through the course StudyDesk and/or provided by the Project Supervisor/ WIL host.

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
Online Tutorials 5.00
Practical Projects 100.00
Private Study 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Evidence Portfolio 1 100 04 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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 course involves participating in a WIL placement or capstone project of 100 hours.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To receive the pass mark, students must complete the 100 hours of the WIL placement/ capstone project and receive a satisfactory Placement/ Project Review.

  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. A satisfactory grade for this course requires the completion of the required hours of the placement as organised by the Faculty Professional Experience Placement Officer or Capstone Project Supervisor, and obtain a satisfactory standard on the Placement or Capstone Review. Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    All students who satisfy the requirements of the course will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either an Ungraded Fail or an ongoing assessment grade (ONG) if they are still complete the 100 hours of placement/ project.

  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. 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 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 ( 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 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 18 June 2021