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HPS743 - Professional and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Unit chair:

Alex Mussap

Contact hours: 3 hours per week


This unit consists of two parallel parts. The first part is more didactic, and is designed to explore issues in the philosophy and history of science that are of relevance to psychology. This will be done in the framework of considering the scientist-practitioner model of training in professional psychology. Students will be asked to reflect on the nature of their undergraduate psychology training. The second part will involve an initial small-group discussion of target articles chosen to illustrate the issues covered in the first part. This element also focuses on ethical and professional issues that may arise in the gathering, promulgation, and application of psychological knowledge. The Code of Professional Conduct of the Australian Psychological Society is examined with respect to its coverage of the obligations of psychologists to their clients, research participants and students. The wider responsibilities of psychologists to maintain, develop and use their professional knowledge and expertise are also considered.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Assessment task 2: Essay (1500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Team performance in two seminar presentations 10%

Assessment task 4: Individual performance in two seminar presentations 10%

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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