Pre-professional Psychology III

Course code PSYC3200Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course is a compulsory component of the Bachelor of Psychology program.

The course is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge in two important strands of their pre-professional training. Students will develop practical skills and knowledge to a pre-professional level of competence in some aspects of applied psychometric testing and assessment by learning to competently administer one or more well known psychometric tests such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales (WAIS). This practical experience will be supported by presentation of the theoretical foundations of cognitive tests. The second strand will engage students in career planning and preparation by lectures and practical experience. The practical experience will include writing job application letters and compiling a Curriculum Vitae. This strand will encompass careers as a psychologist as well as those which do not require eligibility for psychology registration. Experience in team-building will also feature in this course as students will serve as resources for each other's learning experiences.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. Skills in service delivery, specifically cognitive testing within the context of a constrained, well-supervised environment.
2. Experience in team-building, as students will serve as resources for each other's learning experiences.
3. Skills to competently administer one or more well known psychometric tests such as the Wechsler scales of intelligence and/or memory.
4. Increased familiarity with the theoretical rationales underlying tests of cognitive function.
5. Skills and knowledge necessary for preliminary career planning and preparation
6. An understanding of how the skills and knowledge learnt in the Bachelor of Psychology degree are directly applicable to employment as a practising psychologist and other employment areas less directly related to practising psychology
ContentContent areas are:
Applied psychometric assessment, including an introduction to: general ability and other tests of cognitive function with specific reference to memory tests.
Early Career planning and preparation
The content will be covered through lectures and tutorials that involve practical group experience, supervised practice of skills and constructive feedback. Mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be provided by academic staff in the School of Psychology, its tutoring staff and staff from the Careers Service of this university.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, including PSYC2200, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment on career planning
Examination: FormalFormal examination based on material presented in lectures and selected readings.
Other: (please specify)Practical assessment of psychometric test administration.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC3200