HPS328 - Psychology At Work (Internship)

Unit details


2021 unit information

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Last updated: 16 November 2020

Enrolment modes:

This unit is offered as a Start Anytime unit and is available from Study Period (SP) 1 in January 2020. Further general information about this unit is available here.

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)

Students will not be able to self-enrol. Register for enrolment here.

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Start Anytime: Sandra Hooper
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course A301, H300, H344, H345


HPS207 and must have completed 16 credit points



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

140 hours of placement with an authorised host organisation and completion of self-paced pre-placement online modules


Students do not need to undertake any pre-preparation for this unit. Especially, you should not be seeking any sort of placement until you have access to the CloudDeakin site where all information is provided about how to source placement, what should be considered when choosing a placement, and all other materials required to complete the unit. Access to the CloudDeakin site is given two weeks prior to the commencement date of the Study Period and there is ample time to find, and complete, the placement, within the unit timelines.


This unit aims to build on the second year unit, HPS207 and provide students with a more detailed understanding of how psychology is applied in a work setting. The skills developed will enable students to develop further strategies to assist them in gaining meaningful employment at the completion of their studies in psychology and to make a successful transition to work.


The development of generic, employment-related, professional skills in psychology related fields will be achieved through a combination of self-paced modules and a minimum of 140 hours placement with a relevant, course-related organisation. During the placement, students will be encouraged to consolidate or enhance existing professional skills.


Each student is responsible for selecting and negotiating their own appropriate work placement, for authorisation by the Unit Chair. Work placements are intended to provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in psychology related areas which will enhance their professional development and employment potential as well as provide insight into career options.


Students will have up to approximately 10 weeks to source a placement and up to a maximum of 8 months to complete it. Further details about how this Start Anytime unit will run are available on the School of Psychology Start Anytime page.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Integrate their experiences from their placement and discipline studies to provide oral examples of graduate learning outcomes in an interview setting.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically evaluate their experiences during placement to improve on their areas for development and evaluate their career aspirations following their degree.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management


Conduct themselves professionally in a workplace that directly benefits their career path within broader psychology related industries, and demonstrate competence in key employment related skills including the capacity to work both collaboratively and independently, reliably, responsibly and safely.

GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply and integrate relevant psychological knowledge and skills within an authentic work placement.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Participation in mock interview 10 minutes Pass/fail Information not available yet
Assessment 2: Student evaluation of performance and learnings from work placement 1,200 words Pass/fail Information not available yet
Assessment 3: Placement log book (including Host Supervisor's Placement Feedback Report)   Pass/fail Information not available yet

To achieve an ungraded pass in this unit all assessment tasks must reach Ungraded pass.

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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