HPY725 - Professional Practicum A


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)

Note: To be eligible to enrol into the Trimester 2 offering students must consult with the Course Director.

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H744


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

At least 75 hours (equivalent to 10 full-time days) of professional experience (placement). This will include a combination of practical experiences (workshops) and group supervision


There are two practicum units in the Master of Professional Psychology Course, HPY725 and HPY729. Successful completion of the practicum units requires 300 hours of practicum and skills training. The 300 hours occurs across the whole year of the course, spanning HPY725 and HPY729.

Practicums consists of three key activities; (i) pre-practice workshops; (ii) placement experience; (iii) supervision.

The practicum units are designed to equip students with a range of generalist psychology skills and an awareness of professional issues. Students will fast-track the translation and integration of academic coursework learning into real life application. Students will also develop professional identity and practice through early adoption of supervision and professional learning plans as well as case formulation.


To prepare for placement attendance, students will participate in a number of practitioner led workshops covering topics such as professional identity, case management procedures, and applied suicide intervention skills training.

Hurdle requirement

  • Must pass Assessment tasks 1, 2 and 3
  • Attendance and successful completion of the minimum number of placement days is a hurdle requirement for this unit.

The three assessment tasks outlined above in this unit are hurdle requirements. Students must complete all four hurdle requirements in order to pass this unit. Failure to complete any one of these tasks will result in the student failing the unit, preclude the admission of the student to the next practicum unit and may result in the student’s exclusion from the course. If students fall ill during their practicum, make-up days will need to be arranged so that the minimum requirement of placement days is met. Requirements as to practicum for Masters level qualifications in psychology are set by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as part of the accreditation requirements of the professional body.

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