HPY725 - Professional Practicum A

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H744 to undertake this unit

Unit chair:

Linda Byrne





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

10 full time days of placement. This will include a combination of pre-practice workshops and practicum days within a relevant agency. As a general rule, practicum days will be within one agency, with arrangements regarding number of days per week to be negotiated between the placement agency, Unit Chair and student.


The first practicum consists of three key activities; (i) pre-practice workshops; (ii) placement experience; (iii) supervision.


This unit is designed to equip students with a range of generalist psychology skills and an awareness of professional issues. Students will fast-track the translation and integration of academic coursework learning into real life application. Students will also develop professional identity and practice through early adoption of supervision and professional learning plans as well as case formulation.


To prepare for placement attendance, students will participate in a number of practitioner led workshops covering topics such as professional identity, case management procedures, and applied suicide intervention skill s training.


Assessment Task 1: Attendance for  approximately 10 days – or 75 hours  (including placement  and pre-practice workshops)


Assessment task 2: Presentation of logbook of all days of placement (including pre-practice workshops) to the Unit Chair within 21 days of completion of the practicum days


Assessment task 3: Satisfactory report outlining professional and ethical competence of the student from the Agency/Placement Supervisor (at completion of the placement)


Assessment task 4: Satisfactory case report (approximately 3000 words) written by the student and submitted to the Unit Chair within 21 days of completion of placement


These assessment and procedural components constitute 100% of the assessment for this unit and failure to satisfactorily complete the requirements of any one component will result in the student failing the unit, preclude the admission of the student to the next placement and may result in the student's exclusion from the course.


Hurdle requirements


Attendance and successful completion of the minimum number of placement days is a hurdle requirement for this unit.


The four assessment tasks outlined above in this unit are hurdle requirements. Students must complete all four hurdle requirements in order to pass this unit. Failure to complete any one of these tasks will result in the student failing the unit, preclude the admission of the student to the next practicum unit and may result in the student’s exclusion from the course. If students fall ill during their practicum, make-up days will need to be arranged so that the minimum requirement of placement days is met. Requirements as to practicum for Masters level qualifications in psychology are set by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as part of the accreditation requirements of the professional body.

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