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Psychological Science: Theory & Practice (PSYC30021)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePSYC30021
Semester 2
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This subject draws together students’ undergraduate experiences in psychology by emphasising links between the science and practice of psychology in contemporary life (the science-practitioner model). The subject comprises a lecture and a research seminar stream. In the lecture stream the three areas of strength in the Psychology Department—Clinical Sciences, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience—will be reviewed in depth. In the research stream, students work on a research topic with a small group of peers, under the supervision of a psychology department academic. The aims of the lecture and research streams are to prepare students for further studies within the discipline or the workplace by practicing core research skills. These include understanding ethical aspects of research and professional practice, collaborating with peers in planning research, collecting and analysing data, and report writing. Consistent with best practice, groups will construct professional research posters to report their findings. These will be displayed in the Department of Psychology to illustrate the range of research activities engaged in by psychologists.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of the Lecture Stream students should demonstrate knowledge of:

1. The key research findings that underpin psychological science and how these can be applied to psychological practice and wider social issues;

2. The principles of ethical practice and an awareness of and respect for cultural diversity.


On completion of the Research Seminar Stream students should have developed skills in:

1. Critically reviewing literature in an area of psychological inquiry in a way that could lead to clearly motivated research questions;

2. Translating psychological research questions into meaningful and appropriate methods of investigation;

3. Interpreting data accurately on the basis of appropriate analytical methods;

4. Evaluating and drawing conclusions from research findings;

5. Communicating psychological research findings effectively in oral and written formats.

Application of knowledge and skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:

1. Articulate how psychological research can inform public policy;

2. Solve problems posed in psychology related case-studies based on knowledge of psychological research findings;

3. Apply psychological concepts and theories to problems of behavioural change in a range of contexts such as, workplace, community and global settings.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have worked collaboratively to develop skills in:

1. Literature review and research methods;

2. Critical thinking and analysis of arguments;

3. Reflective thinking and self-evaluation;

4. Giving and receiving feedback;

5. Goal setting, time management and self-directed learning;

6. Written and oral communication;

7. Sensitivity to ethical issues and cultural diversity.

Last updated: 29 April 2017