Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course requires students to integrate workplace skills and knowledge with theoretical concepts and knowledge developed during study in their undergraduate program. Students will undertake work-related activities in various research laboratories in the School of Psychology or in organizations external to the university to position themselves for a career after graduation. This consists of combining real world skills and experience with work-integrated experiential learning supported by appropriate readings and career guidance.

Students may undertake their work integrated learning placements in a broad range of research laboratories within the university or outside of the university in business, community and voluntary organisations, industry and research laboratories. Enrolment in the course is based on merit and the number of placements may be restricted. Students should enquire through the course coordinator or program convenor. Placements are organised in consultation with the course coordinator.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a work plan incorporating workplace responsibilities and specific learning objectives in collaboration with the WIL supervisor.

2. Develop recording skills, accurate record keeping practices and regular reporting procedures in a timely manner.

3. Evaluate success and progress towards the achievement of identified WIL objectives.

4. Recognize and reflect on the difference between expected and actual outcomes.

5. Identify occupational health and safety issues and ethical considerations in the workplace.

6. Communicate orally and in writing with confidence.


In consultation with their work integrated learning supervisor, students will develop a detailed plan of what they can expect to achieve in this course, what their responsibilities will be and the type of practical activities they can expect to experience. As an ongoing commitment throughout the course, students will be required to keep a detailed record of the activities they participate in and their learning experiences including practical outcomes. As part of their obligation, students will summarise their total experience and present this to peers within the course and to selected members of academic staff.


Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of 160 units at 1000, 2000 or 3000 level.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Proposal *

Journal: Journal

Presentation: Presentation

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Proposal / Plan: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Task focuses on responsibilities, OH&S issues, ethical considerations, workplace standards, planned outcomes and the specific role of the student. These are essential requirements for the workplace.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 66 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Placements may be on or off campus


Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Students receive briefings on essential requirements for the workplace. Includes equity and diversity; professional standards; WH&S, ethics and safety issues; course requirements; assessment procedures and career development. Occurs wk 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.