• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ian Donald
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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. 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:

  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.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Professional development plan (CRS) (hurdle) (0) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Capstone project (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Please note that this course, as part of the Master of Professional Psychology program, may be delivered in more intensive formats where pedagogically appropriate. Students should ensure they are familiar with timetabling for each semester to plan accordingly.

Inherent Requirements

Students taking this course must hold provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, including meeting standards for criminal history and English language skills.

Requisite and Incompatibility

In order to enrol in this course you need to be active in the Master of Professional Psychology and: have successfully completed PSYC8510, PSYC8511, PSYC8512 and PSYC8513, and be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8521 and PSYC8522. OR have successfully completed PSYC8510; PSYC8511 and be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8521.

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

Prescribed Texts


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.  

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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
7968 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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