Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students engage in a supervised field placement in an organisation or agency with relevance to applying psychology-related knowledge and skills. Students have the opportunity to observe and engage in activities which assist them to learn about how professionals in related fields work and apply skills. They reflect on the professional, organisational, and ethical issues relevant to the workplace setting as well as the career skills they obtain while on the placement. The placement, and associated orientation activities, online activities and assessment materials, and assignments focus on students' learning.  Students reflect on specific intended learning outcomes related to professional practice.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PSY1HPM and PSY2PRM and PSY2COG. Must be enrolled in SBPS Bachelor of Psychological Science or SHP Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Must have passed 180 credit points in Psychology and must have passed or must be enrolled in PSY2SOC and PSY2DEV and PSY2ACH.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions There is a quota of 80 students for this subject due to the need for students to have successfully obtained a placement at a fieldwork location approved by the Subject Coordinator. Students will need to be accepted into a placement and fulfill the requirements of the specific placement; this process normally involves submitting an application and completing an interview at the placement site. Placements require current Police Check and Working with Children check and where indicated a current & valid drivers licence.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and reflect on skills relevant to a professional in a fieldwork setting.

Reflective commentary, online quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Demonstrate understanding of professional and ethical issues, such as confidentiality and legal responsibilities, relevant to the workplace

Online quizzes, reflective commentaries, supervisor report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Be able to examine challenging personal and professional workplace experiences and propose solutions to address them professionally.

Written reflective commentaries, supervisor report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Demonstrate responsible behaviour in the workplace related to working in a team, communicating to a supervisor and work colleagues, and completing relevant documentation.

Supervisor report, placement activity log book.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Summer 1, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 48 - 48
One 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This will be videoconferenced between campuses"

Placement - Off Site
Twenty 7.5 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will complete 150 hours (3 to 4 days per week) on a relevant field placement (organised by the Department of Psychology and Counselling)."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 48 - 51
Four 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 48 to week 51 and delivered via online.
"A series of online modules and learning activities prior to the placement will also be required."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Field placement activities logbook incuding hours completedThe logbook (approximately 1000 words) covering daily activities on placement which needs to be signed regularly by the placement supervisor.10 04
Online QuizzesEquivalent to approximately 1600 words, series of quizzes requiring working through online presentations and online subject learning activities. Completion of all quizzes is a hurdle requirement for the subject.15 02
Supervisor reportSupervisor report is based on performance during the 150 hours of activities on placement.20 01, 04
Written reflective assignment (2000 words)Written reflective commentary on the placement and extract of a Curriculum vita (resume) updated to reflect placement-related experience and competencies.35 01, 02, 03
Written assignment focused on placement preparation and goals (1000 words)20 01