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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must have successfully completed 180 cps & have completed or be completing 2nd semester core subjects PSY2SOC, PSY2DEV,PSY2ACH. Students will need to be accepted into a placement; this process normally involves submtting an application & an interview at the placement site. Placements require current Police Check & Working with Children check & where indicated a current & valid drivers licence.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. By the end of this subject, students will be able to describe skills relevant to a professional in a fieldwork setting.

Reflective commentary, supervisor report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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

Online quiz, reflective commentaries
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

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

Reflective commentaries
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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, log book.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Summer, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size35

Enrolment information Enrolment is limited to students who have successfully obtained a placement at a fieldwork location approved by the subject coordinator. Students must apply to an approved field placement, which will normally include submitting a resume and cover letter, and having an interview with a placement supervisor. Depending on the placement, obtaining a fieldwork placement may also include fulfilling requirements, such as current national police check, Working with Children Check, drivers licence, or Australian residency. Subject coordinator will oversee this process.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Class requirements

One 5.0 hours seminar 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 School of Psychological Science). A series of online modules and learning activities prior to the placement will also be required."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Log of activities and hours completed10 04
Online Quiz15 02
Supervisor report15 01, 04
Written assignment (related to the placement) (1750 words)40 01, 02, 03
Written assignment focused on placement preparation and goals 750 words20 01