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TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Social Wk
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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
Date printed 27 June 2022