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HPS426 - Honours in Psychology Part B

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in courses H345, H451 and H452

Unit chair:

A Mussap


Honours in Psychology is divided into 4 parts-2 coursework and 2 thesis-each worth 2 credit points. All 4 parts must be successfully completed before a result will be obtained.
You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This is the second part of the coursework components of Psychology Honours, which contributes 50% of the final grade. The thesis component is described in the course structures section of this Handbook.

Issues in Psychological Assessment (Trimester 2)

Coordinator: L Byrne


This element provides an overview of the psychological assessment of an individual for various purposes and in a range of contexts. Major psychological tests will be studied with respect to their theoretical basis, construction, reliability, validity and applicability, including tests of ability, personality, attitude, mood, and occupational suitability. Both child/adolescent and adult populations will be considered. The process of formulative psychological opinion in casework will be introduced.


Group assignment - creation of "Assessment" WIKI (500 words) 15%, case report (1500 words) 35%, examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed Text

Groth-Marnat, G. (2009) Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 5th edition, N.J, John Wiley and Sons

Counselling and Interpersonal Skills (Trimester 2)

Coordinator: S Vidler


This element provides an introduction to a problem management approach to counselling with clients of different ages, cultural backgrounds and presenting concerns. The common difficulties encountered during the counselling process will be addressed, together with ethical concerns. In addition, students are assisted to understand their own impact on the counselling process. Training in basic counselling skills such as listening, probing and empathic responding is provided. In addition to observation of videos and counselling sessions, students participate in role-plays, fish bowl exercises and counselling practice in class.


DVD or Video presentation No. 1: Recording of 20 minute interview (student as counsellor) 1600 word critique of presentation 40%; DVD or video presentation No. 2: Recording of 30-45 minute interview (student as counsellor) plus 2000-2500 word written critique of presentation 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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