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HPS426 - Honours in Psychology Part B

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
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 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.


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.

Research Methods in Psychology D (Trimester 2)
Coordinator: Nicolas Kambouropoulos

This element of coursework is designed to extend the knowledge and skills in research methods that you have developed over the first three years of your undergraduate study of psychology. The general aim is to provide you with research and analytic skills that may prove useful for your own research projects, as well as in your career. The unit is intended to give you both a conceptual understanding and practical experience in multivariate data analysis. The subject commences from data preparation, and will progress to more advanced statistical techniques. Laboratory classes will undertake weekly practical exercises using SPSS, and focusing upon the class topic of the week.

Assessment task 1: In-class SPSS test (up to 2 hours) 25%
Assessment task 2: In-class AMOS test (up to 2 hours) 25%
Assessment task 3: MCQ examination (2 hours) 50%

Counselling and Professional Issues (Trimester 2)

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%

Prescribed texts

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

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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