Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we will explore clinical approaches in psychology, which will orient the student to the evidence under pinning 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 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.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Ruby

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsPSY1PSB OR PSY1PYB OR PSY12PSB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Psychological Science

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and use appropriate information sources to support sustainable written arguments.
02. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology including the ethical guidelines governing good academic conduct.
03. Evaluate methodology and experimental outcomes in key areas of psychology to suggest possible directions for future research.
04. Develop logical, well-supported and appropriately referenced written arguments and conclusions based on empirical evidence.
05. Demonstrate sensitivity and knowledge of diversity in cultural beliefs, practices and communication styles.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Ruby

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 2 - 7
Two 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 2 - 7
Two 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hour examination (2,000-words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

One laboratory report (1,500-words)

N/AReportIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One research proposal (500-words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One online quiz (250-words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo5 SILO2