• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology

This course is not offered in 2019

The aim of this course is to develop your ability to apply the scientist-practitioner model in professional practice, using skills in research and professional self-reflection.

In the first part of the course, you will learn about evaluating the effectiveness of your professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.

You will then complete a capstone project that addresses a question related to a particular area of your professional practice. The topic will be agreed with the course co-ordinator and where practicable, will relate to an aspect of your simulated learning or placement experience.

The project will involve the application of research evidence to practice, or the generation of practice-based evidence. For example, the project could be a case study, a protocol for project evaluation or a self-reflective essay - for example on an ethical issue you encounter in your placement or on the experience of applying evidence-based practice in real-life settings. You will reflect on the implications of your findings for your practice and professional development planning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically analyse the application of theory and research to professional practice
  2. Demonstrate effective use of scientific literature and other sources of evidence to inform their practice.
  3. Evaluate their own practice, identify areas for improvement and professional development
  4. Demonstrate the skills to engage in professional self-reflection and peer feedback

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Workshop quizzes 20% LO 1,2
  • Professional development plan 20% LO 2-4
  • Capstone project 60% LO 1-4

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The workload is expected to be 130 hours, including study time, spread over the semester or session.

Requisite and Incompatibility

In order to enrol in this course you need to be active in the Master of Professional Psychology.

You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge about research and psychological interventions from earlier courses in the program and undergraduate psychology


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4020
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6676 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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