CLINICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PSY1CFP

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject we will explore clinical approaches in psychology, which will orient the student to the evidence underpinning the practice of the discipline. We will focus on personality and what makes a person unique, how people work together in groups including couples, small groups or crowds and what happens to a person when they develop a mental illness and what we can do to treat these conditions. We will also examine the processes that drive a person to do things that they do and how they feel about them, and examine the impact of culture on mental processing and the nature of intercultural diversity.This subject addresses La Trobe's SustainabilityThinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY1PYB, PSY12PSB, PSY1PSB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPsychological ScienceRecommendedGazzaniga (2018)NORTON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and use appropriate information sources to support sustainable written arguments.

Activities:
Task: Use library resources, search databases and access journal articles in order to provide reference information for written assessments. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Proposal provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report. Summative: A mark for use of references is built into marking criteria for written assessments (approximately 10% for each piece of assessment).

02. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology including the ethical guidelines governing good academic conduct.

Activities:
As part of a report, students will develop an aim and hypothesis, and collect data in form of questionnaire responses on an attitude of their choice and present this for discussion and feedback. They will be expected to comment on the reliability and validity of such data in making a conclusion. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Proposal provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report

03. Evaluate methodology and experimental outcomes in key areas of psychology to suggest possible directions for future research.

Activities:
Task: Independently critically analyse the outcome of questionnaire responses for methodological issues and suggest future directions for further research. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Proposal provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contributes to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.

04. Develop logical, well-supported and appropriately referenced written arguments and conclusions based on empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Research Proposal provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Laboratory Report. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contribute to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.

05. Demonstrate sensitivity and knowledge of diversity in cultural beliefs, practices and communication styles.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises and lecture content focus on the application of these skills, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Summative: Exam.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)50 02, 05
One laboratory report (1,500-words)35 01, 02, 03, 04
One research proposal (500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One online quiz (250-words equivalent)5 02

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)50 02, 05
One laboratory report (1,500-words)35 01, 02, 03, 04
One research proposal (500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One online quiz (250-words equivalent)5 02

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)50 02, 05
One laboratory report (1,500-words)35 01, 02, 03, 04
One research proposal (500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One online quiz (250-words equivalent)5 02

Mildura, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)50 02, 05
One laboratory report (1,500-words)35 01, 02, 03, 04
One research proposal (500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One online quiz (250-words equivalent)5 02

Shepparton, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)50 02, 05
One laboratory report (1,500-words)35 01, 02, 03, 04
One research proposal (500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One online quiz (250-words equivalent)5 02