HPY726 - Psychological Practice Across the Lifespan


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H744


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HPS714, HPS914
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 weekly educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour online seminar per fortnight                                                
2 x 1 day practical experience (workshop)

In-person attendance requirements

Students are to attend 2 x 1 day practical experience (1 day at Burwood campus, 1 day at Waterfront campus). Dates of practical experiences to be advised at the start of the trimester.


This unit is designed for the practice of psychology across the lifespan from a biopsychosocial perspective with an emphasis on identification of psychopathology. An introduction to the challenges present at each phase of development from infancy through to old age will be given. Psychologists require detailed knowledge of both the physical and emotional development associated with each phase of development. An understanding of psychological and social pressures encountered by people in different stages of their life is also needed in order to provide support for clients who present with problems and disorders at different stages of their lifespan. DSM-5 classification of disorders will be introduced. There will be a focus on the distinct types of issues confronted by psychologists in working with clients of differing ages, gender, and cultural background that examines the differing influences of physical and emotional development, psychological disorders, social roles, cultural influences, and life crises.

Hurdle requirement

  • Must achieve a score of at least 50% on AT3 Objective Simulated Clinical Examination (OSCE) to pass the unit.

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