The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Lectures and practical tutorial sessions 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 be informed by practicing psychologists about their understanding of what it means to be a psychologist. Lectures and tutorials will encourage students to explore their own understanding of Psychology, and in particular, the important ethical issues that a psychologist faces in a variety of work settings.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. appreciate the range of areas in which Psychologists work

2. have a realistic set of expectations concerning employment possibilities following completion of their degree

3. understand the relationships between professional organisations, the discipline and have a good understanding of issues relating to membership and accreditation

4. develop their own goals and expectations within the study and practice of Psychology

5. use sound knowledge and awareness to reflect on ethical conduct within the profession

6. appreciate the importance of note taking, record keeping and administration duties that practicing psychologists must perform


Guest lectures will provide a primary point of contact for the students with practicing psychologists.

Lecture and tutorial content will demonstrate foundation skills and provide an accurate picture of the range of areas within psychology.

Problem-based tutorial work will allow students to further explore their understanding of what Psychological practice entails.

Assessment items

Journal: Learning and Reflective Journals

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 3

See Course Outline for lab/tutorial schedule


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