HPY729 - Professional Practicum B


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood and Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Burwood and Waterfront (Geelong)

Note: to be eligible to enrol into Trimester 1 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 - Master of Professional Psychology




Incompatible with:


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

30 full time days of placement. This will include a combination of pre-practice workshops and practicum days within a relevant agency. As a general rule, practicum days will be within one agency, with arrangements regarding number of days per week to be negotiated between the placement agency, Unit Chair and student.


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

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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