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HPS425 - Honours in Psychology Part A

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: 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:

Jarrad Lum





Incompatible with:



Honours in Psychology is divided into four parts-2 coursework and 2 thesis-each worth 2 credit points. All 4 parts must be successfully completed before a result will be obtained.


This is the first 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.


Research Methods C (Trimester 1)

Coordinator: Jarrad Lum

This element of coursework is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to undertake a research project. The coursework covers issues relating to research design, research ethics, undertaking a systematic review and basic inferential statistics. Laboratory classes will undertake weekly practical exercises that examine in more detail the topic addressed in the week.


Assessment task 1: Systematic review assignment (2000 words) 50%
Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 50%


Counselling and Professional Issues (Trimester 1)

Coordinators: Suzanne 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 exercise and counselling practice in class.


Assessment task 1: DVD or video presentation no. 1: recording of 20 minute interview (student as counsellor) 1600 word critique of presentation 40%
Assessment task 2: 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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