Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The field of applied psychology implements psychological knowledge to analyse and maximise the performance of individuals and organisations across the range of non-clinical professional environments where psychology graduates often work. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply psychological knowledge to inform the development of evidence-based programs that aim to optimise individual and organisational outcomes in non-clinical professional contexts (e.g., education, human resources, aged care, rehabilitation, management).

Each student will prepare a consultation paper on a topic relevant to a non-clinical professional context where psychology graduates are often employed. The course involves integrated content across interactive lectures, skill-based workshops, online consultation sessions and forums on Discussion Board. These are designed to maximise student engagement through live and online discussion and Q&A so as to directly inform all assessments and scaffold the self-directed learning skills needed to complete the consultation paper.

Teaching content and assessments are designed to support students to integrate information from multiple academic and professional resources and use these to complete a consultation paper, ie., an industry paper that analyses a problem and provides evidence-based recommendations for the professional organisation.

Prior to Semester 2 2021, this course was named Foundations of Applied Neuropsychology.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to analyse psychological processes that underpin problems regarding human behaviour in a non-clinical professional context.

2. Analyse and evaluate evidence from multiple sources (including scientific literature, professional and government reports, personal experience) that relate to human behaviour in a non-clinical professional context.

3. Design and conduct a professional interview in a non-clinical professional context.

4. Design and plan the evaluation of a program to address a key issue in a non-clinical professional context.

5. Compile a consultation paper for a professional organisation to address a problem regarding human behaviour in that non-clinical professional context.


  • Introduction to higher-order cognitive processes that support goal-directed behaviour, adaptability, social awareness and social behaviour across a range of real-world contexts. 
  • Introduction to behavioural and neural theories of behaviour control and change, social functioning and interactions across the lifespan and in various social and professional contexts.
  • Linking psychological knowledge to analyse a problem in a real-world non-clinical professional context where psychology graduates are often employed.
  • Identifying and evaluating evidence-based approaches to change behaviour using academic and professional resources.
  • Developing a professional interview schedule and conducting an interview with a person with professional or personal expertise relevant to the topic.
  • Implementing psychological knowledge to address a Brief - a specific problem identified by a non-clinical professional organisation - and preparing a consultation paper.


This course is only available to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science [40099], Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) [40211], Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science [40271], Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) [12362], Bachelor of Science [40165], Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science [40168], Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science [40170], or the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) [40166].

Assumed knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units, at least 40 second year units (including PSYC2300 and PSYC2600), and PSYC3700 in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills. This course is intended to be completed in the last semester of your program.

Assessment items

Report: Consultation Paper

Professional Task: Interview of a Professional

Written Assignment: Cumulative Assessments

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

See Course Outline for lecture schedule

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See Course Outline for online activity schedule


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See Course Outline for laboratory schedule

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.