The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Psychology is an extremely diverse discipline ranging from mental health to the underlying molecular mechanisms of behaviour. While all aspects of psychology are interesting and important, each student will be drawn to different areas of the discipline to support their future career interests. This online course allows students with a background in psychology to explore advanced topics in evolving areas of psychology that are of interest. By the end of this course you will have finalised your career portfolio, identifying core skills gained throughout your degree and integrating specific knowledge areas and methodologies. The topics include specialized modules in Clinical, Biological, Social, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise and identify core concepts in each specialised module.

2. Effectively communicate complex concepts for each advanced module in a written task.

3. Integrate information related to advanced specialised module topics with their prior learning in Psychology.

4. Evaluate the methodologies used to study Psychology in relation to their personal career goals.


Students select 4 topics from topics such as the following: 

  1. Advanced Forensic Psychology
  2. Comparative Cognition
  3. Positive Psychology
  4. Consciousness
  5. Language Dysfunction
  6. Developmental Neuroscience 
  7. Evolutionary Psychology
  8. Emotion Regulation

Assumed knowledge

20 units of Psychology at 1000 and 20 units of Psychology at 2000 level.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Portfolio: Reflective Methodologies and Career Portfolio

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks