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This Capstone subject draws together students’ experiences in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology by emphasising links between the science and practice of psychology in contemporary life.
The lectures engage students in considering topics related to current applications of psychological research and practice such as the ethical practice of psychology and the measurement of attitudes, behaviour, and behavioural change as related to contemporary issues such as climate change, indigenous cultural respect, drug addiction, and psychological health and wellbeing.
The research seminars engage students in small groups to design and conduct a research project under the supervision of an academic researcher.
The graduate attributes seminars engage students in interactive activities to develop their skills in reflective practice and oral presentation.
Together, the three components of the subject prepare students for further studies in psychology or to enter the workplace having developed skills in applying psychological knowledge, conducting research, working collaboratively, and communicating effectively about psychological theories and findings.
Students present their research findings in individual oral presentations to their peers and academic staff at the end of semester. Students reflect on the development of their psychological knowledge and skills, articulating their achievements in a Graduate Attributes Portfolio.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should demonstrate knowledge of:
- The key research findings that underpin psychological science and how these can be applied to psychological practice and contemporary social issues.
- The principles of ethical research and practice in psychology, with reference to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
- An awareness of and respect for diverse experiences and culture, including specific reference to the experiences and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
On completion of the subject students should demonstrate the ability to:
- Critically review the literature in an area of psychological inquiry to inform clearly motivated research questions.
- Translate psychological research questions into meaningful and appropriate methods of investigation.
- Interpret data accurately on the basis of appropriate analytical methods.
- Evaluate and draw conclusions from research findings.
- Advanced communication of 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:
- Work both collaboratively and independently to solve problems posed in psychology based on knowledge of psychological research findings.
- Apply psychological concepts and theories to problems of behavioural change in a range of contexts such as home, workplace, community and global settings.
- Advanced ability to reflect upon the development of their psychological knowledge and skills and articulate these in relation to identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses for the purpose of further study in psychology, and/or entering the workplace.
- Apply psychological knowledge reflexively to evaluate personal biases and assumptions, especially in relation to ethical reasoning and cultural respect.
On completion of this subject students should develop skills in:
- Literature review and research methods;
- Critical thinking and analysis of arguments;
- Reflective thinking and self-evaluation;
- Giving and receiving feedback;
- Goal setting, time management and self-directed learning;
- Effective written and oral communication;
- Sensitivity to ethical issues and cultural diversity;
- Working effectively in a team to design, execute and present a collaborative project.
Last updated: 8 September 2023