PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit

Duration: 

One trimester

Level:

3rd year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)

Prerequisites: 

PSYC2012

Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery

Core/elective: 

Core


Introduction

This unit is a core coursework unit for students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. This unit introduces students to professional psychology

Unit description

The focus of this unit is the profession of psychology and how it relates to the broader health, community, educational, corporate and other sectors in which psychologists are employed. The diversity of specialisations in psychology will be explored in the context of the key aspects that identify the profession of psychology. The role of the scientist-practitioner model in the determination of the nature of education of the psychologist and in the training of the professional psychologist will be examined critically. The roles of the national accrediting, regulatory and advocacy bodies for professional psychology will be considered, along with major international developments within and outside the profession of psychology that are influencing the way in which psychologists are educated, regulated and practice in Australia. Current issues related to the practice of psychology will be considered in this light, including working in multidisciplinary contexts and in management and leadership roles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Reflect upon the nature of psychological practice and its relationship to the scientific discipline of psychology.
  • Critically discuss the nature of the link between the evidence for psychological practices and be aware of the range of methodologies that are available to provide evidence upon which to base investigation and action.
  • Identify the role of psychologists and specialisation within the broader sectors in which psychologists work and practice
  • Describe policy, legislation, and codes of practice relevant to the profession of 
  • Be aware of the nature of ethical practice and the history of debate about the nature of ethical conduct and demonstrate familiarity with the ethical principles of the Code of Ethics of the Australian Psychological Society.

Unit content

  • Psychology, globally and in Australia; The history of psychology; Australian Psychological Society; Psychology Board of Australia; Psychology as a science; Scientist-Practitioner model; Evidence-based practice
  • What does it mean to be a psychologist? Psychology in research, education and clinical practice. Future of Psychology.
  • Competencies and ethical issues in psychology.
  • Mental Health Services & Clinical Psychology.
  • e-therapy; Organisational psychology.
  • Forensic Psychology; Educational psychology.
  • Neuropsychology; Sports Performance Psychology
  • Government Policy, Regulation and Psychologists: Registration, NSW Mental Health Act, NSW Guardianship and NDIS.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): How Psychological Science and Computer Science are combining to change society and explore new understandings about ourselves.
  • Different pathways: Study and work options for psychology graduates.

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and 9 weekly one hour Tutorials. Attendance at Tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.