Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Applied psychology is concerned with predicting people’s behaviours and attitudes in a variety of life and work settings. This knowledge informs ways to improve wellbeing, effectiveness, and productivity of individuals, groups, and organisations. The course will examine the research methods used in psychology to study and measure variables that influence our attitudes and behaviours, how tests and surveys are used and interpreted, and what makes a good psychological instrument. This course will also provide instruction in report writing and look at methods of evaluating the effectiveness of programs, as well as an overview of the key areas of applied Psychology for students with no prior background in the discipline.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe psychological principles as used by researchers and organisations.

2. Apply basic psychological research methods and techniques to study human behaviour.

3. Design a research report using the correct structure and content of a research report in psychology.

4. Provide examples of the application of psychological research in the workplace.


  • The science of psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Psychometrics

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final Online Examination

Report: Mini Laboratory Report

Online Learning Activity: Blackboard group discussion

Report: Full Laboratory Report

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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