Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


What does it mean to be a psychologist? How do psychologists deal with the ethical issues they face in their work? This course explores these questions and will provide students with an understanding of psychological practice, the skills required to undertake it, and how an accredited psychology program provides this training. Students will hear first-hand accounts from guest lecturers from a wide range of psychology fields. Problem-based tutorial work will allow students to further explore their understanding of what psychological practice entails including ethical decision making.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise the professional qualifications and competencies required for registered Psychologists.

2. Identify the range of areas in which Psychologists work.

3. Identify the relationship between professional organisations and the psychology discipline for professional membership and accreditation.

4. Recognise the ethical and legal principles that guide Psychologists to ethical professional conduct and apply these to case studies.

5. Explain how professional qualifications and competencies relate to their own personal development and career aspirations.


  • Skills and training required for psychological practice
  • First-hand accounts from guest lecturers who are practicing psychologists
  • Ethical and legal principles that guide psychologists to ethical professional conduct
  • Ethical decision making processes
  • Intercultural and interpersonal factors that may impact on the provision of psychological services

Assessment items

Portfolio: Learning and Reflective Journals

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of seven (7) Laboratories to meet course requirements.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks starting in week 2

See Course Outline for schedule


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.