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HPS723 - Organisational Placement 1

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H752 Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Unit chair:

Vanessa Sturre





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Placement hours negotiated between student, university supervisor and placement site.


This unit fosters professional skills and awareness of professional issues in applied settings. Prior to their first placement, students are required to participate in placement preparation activities designed to enhance placement planning and student development. Following this, each student will be assigned a placement in an organisation, which will expose students to the workings of an organisation and the types of issues that arise in an organisational psychological context. The placement will be based on short and well-defined activities that students can complete for the organisation within a specified time period. The broad features of the activities will be negotiated with the organisation prior or upon commencing the placement, with final details being agreed to by the student, placement coordinator and the organisation within the first two weeks of the placement. The project/activity will be directly relevant to organisational psychology and will relate to a concern that the organisation wishes to address.


In line with professional standards for the training of provisional psychologists, students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of competence in both pre-placement preparation and placement completion. An ungraded pass will be awarded to the student for successful completion of the two assessment tasks.


Assessment task 1: Pre Placement Preparation:

  • Participation in the Post-Graduate Assessment and Development Centre (PG-DAC) or alternative task and working collaboratively with Placement Coordinator/s to develop an individual Placement Development Plan (PDP).
  • Attendance of a group placement induction session.


Assessment task 2: Placement Completion:

  • Successful completion of placement and required placement documentation.
  • Participation in formal peer learning experiences.


Students must satisfactorily complete all components of both assessment tasks in order to obtain a pass for the unit. If there is uncertainty regarding the satisfactory completion of any of the components or if the student’s competence is questioned, the Unit Chair(s) will review and determine the outcome. Failure to complete the requirements of any one component satisfactorily will result in the student failing the unit assessment. Failure of a placement unit may lead to enrolment in the course being revoked.

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