• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dave Pasalich
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the application of psychological theory and research to mental health, and major paradigms including behaviourism, cognitivism, psychobiology and the scientist-practitioner approach.

In this course you will be introduced to major conceptualisations of psychological wellbeing and pathology (e. g., symptoms and functioning) and major taxonomies related to mental health.

The course will also introduce professional regulation and ethics in psychology, including the functions of the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the application of theory and research in professional psychology
  2. Apply and evaluate psychological approaches to psychological wellbeing and pathology
  3. Demonstrate sound knowledge of the APS Code of Ethics and key requirements for Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

Other Information

 This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis. Students must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to pass the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written report (hurdle) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Final exam (hurdle) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Simulated peer consultations and reflective task (hurdle) (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of face-to-face activities including lectures and/or workshops per week.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Inherent Requirements

In this course, students must participate in role-plays that simulate interactions between a psychologist and client as well as other in class activities such as analysis of case studies, discussion of relevant research and presenting their ideas to peers. These activities support the development and assessment of core professional competencies. Developing these competencies requires students to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in English, including understanding and conveying nuance and adapting their communication style to suit the preferences and needs of others.
  • Use cues other than the literal meaning of spoken words to interpret the thoughts, emotions and motivations of others.
  • Reflect on how their verbal and non-verbal communication is interpreted by others and use these insights to develop positive professional relationships.
  • Monitor, reflect on and take responsibility for their own mental wellbeing, assumptions, beliefs and reactions to ensure they have the capacity to provide effective psychology services to clients.
  • Work professionally with staff and fellow students and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.

Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be able to pass the course and will therefore be unable to complete their degree.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

None specified

Assumed Knowledge

undergraduate psychology - major paradigms and approaches

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
4B
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4290
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6120
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3668 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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