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PSYC11011 Current Trends in Psychology
Current Trends in Psychology
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General Information

Overview

This is an introductory unit designed to provide students with up-to-date knowledge of the latest trends in both research and careers in psychology and the social sciences. It is a vehicle for the presentation of practical information about opportunities in Psychology and an opportunity to hear visiting speakers talk about their own careers and or research. The unit aims to educate students pursuing a career in psychology and the social sciences about the various career paths available with the aim of assisting them in making informed decisions about their career options and study plan across their course of enrolment. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about research from an applied perspective through participation in current research projects.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2017

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: 20%
2. Group Discussion
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say evaluation feedback

Feedback

Most of the students commented how much they appreciated the breadth and variety of lectures, e.g. "I love learning of all the new avenues that Psychology can lead to. Has been a wonderful journey so far"

Recommendation

Maintain the current format with guest lecturers from a wide range of fields, showcasing the diversity of Psychology as a discipline and as a profession.

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Feedback

There was a generally widespread appreciation of the time and commitment put into to guiding and responding to students, for example... "Dr. George Stuart is a fantastic lecturer, was very good at explaining things to us students during lectures and was very assisting in clarification any students needed on assignments."

Recommendation

As a level 1 unit, there is initially a higher level of dependency as students make the transition to independent learners. This unit provides the scaffolding which should be maintained in future iterations in order to ensure students progress into level 2.

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Feedback

"The course had a range of different assessments that required multiple skills. I enjoyed the continuity of assessment 1 and 3. It was interesting to learn about the fields of psychology from people who were in it. Course coordinator was great."

Recommendation

Maintain the formative assessment (critical review and peer review) as these work well and are appreciated by students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Distinguish and make informed decisions about the diverse career paths and fields of study within psychology and the social sciences.
  2. Apply critical thinking to current research in the field of psychology and the social sciences.
  3. Synthesize ideas and extract themes from current psychological literature
  4. Communicate ideas effectively in writing and in adherence with APA style.
  5. Articulate the key values and principles of psychology and the study of human behaviour across a range of research fields within psychology.
  6. Interpret research findings with consideration to diverse populations and individual differences.
  7. Apply the principles of effective learning to their own study as the basis for successful lifelong learning.

As per NPC1403

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Group Discussion - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Group Discussion - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 6th (2009)

Authors: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. , USA
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Electronic, spiral bound and hardbound versions of this text are available. There are freely available summaries online and I will include links to these in Moodle, but this is a manual that will be useful throughout the psychology degree and in giving feedback on formatting, I will refer to pages in this manual.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
George Stuart Unit Coordinator
g.stuart@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to the unit/Critical thinking and belief in the paranormal

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio Due: Week 3 Friday (28 July 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

No lecture

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

The psychology of marketing

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Effective clinical Psychology treatment

Christopher Crawford

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Guest speaker TBC

Chapter

Suggested readings may be supplied by speaker

Events and Submissions/Topic

Peer reviewed group discussion Due: Week 12 Friday (6 Oct 2017) 10:16 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

No exam

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

No exam

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

As part of this course, you are required to take part in two studies, run by either staff or students in the Psychology
department at CQUniversity. The studies take a wide variety of forms, from 'live' experiments to online surveys etc. To
find out what's on offer, go to the CQUniversity Psychology web site
https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=2622
and look under the section 'Research Projects'. At the end of the survey or experiment, you will be given some
information about the study and a link to the 'CQU Current Trends 1st year participation registration form'. Here you must
enter your student number, name, unique project identifier (which will be given to you by the experimenter) and e-mail
address (used to send an automatic receipt to you that you can keep as proof of participation). Please note that in the
interests of anonymity, these personal details are not sent to the researcher and this form is separate from any
information gathered in the study.
Remember that you have only 3 weeks from the start of term to participate, though you may begin participation before the
start of Term 2 if studies are available.
Participation is an important part of learning, giving an insight into the design and execution of psychology studies.
However, you may choose not to participate in any studies in which case you may submit an alternative assessment (see
Assessment 3 for details).


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (28 July 2017) 12:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

You will receive an automated response once you have registered your participation


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This is the first part of a two-part assessment, the marking criteria for which are described in Assessment 3.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Those particpating in the studies must complete the 'Current Trends 1st year Participation Register' before the deadline. This will automatically be relayed to the Course Co-ordinator. Those who opt for the alternative essay assignment (see Assessment 3) will need to submit via Moodle before the deadline.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply critical thinking to current research in the field of psychology and the social sciences.
  • Synthesize ideas and extract themes from current psychological literature


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Peer reviewed group discussion

Task Description

This is a two part exercise involving review and peer review.

Part 1 (Review): Select at least one of the lectures given in this course and write a 500+/-50 word critical commentary, summarising the topic highlighting the extent to which research findings were well founded; there were flaws in the research; there were advantages/disadvantages with the career described; extent to which the research/area of practice was limited/biased to specific group/cohort etc.

Part 2 (Peer Review): Choose a review from a fellow student and comment on the following criteria (100 words+/-50):

  • Adherence to the word limit
  • Succinctness of description and arguments
  • Clarity of arguments
  • Level of critical analysis


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (6 Oct 2017) 10:16 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Assignments will be returned within 3 weeks of the submission due date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Each part of the assignment is worth 10% of the total marks for the course and will be awarded in an all or nothing

fashion

Marks will only be awarded to what are considered by the course coordinator to be 'serious attempts'

The following criteria would constitute non-serious attempts:

  • Nonsensical, abusive or irrelevant (non topic related) comments
  • Deviance from specified word limits


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Both review and peer review should be posted in the Assessment 2 forum on the unit Moodle page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Distinguish and make informed decisions about the diverse career paths and fields of study within psychology and the social sciences.
  • Apply critical thinking to current research in the field of psychology and the social sciences.
  • Articulate the key values and principles of psychology and the study of human behaviour across a range of research fields within psychology.
  • Interpret research findings with consideration to diverse populations and individual differences.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

By the end of week 3, you should all have taken part in at least two studies (unless you’ve chosen to opt out of this and submit the alternative essay instead) and for this assignment you must write a 1500 word descriptive/reflective account of one of those studies.

For those who opted not to take part in the studies, you must write a maximum 2500 word descriptive/reflective essay on your experience in any lecture in this series.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 12:00 am AEST

Submitted through Moodle


Return Date to Students

Within three weeks of the submission deadline (if handed in on time)


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

The essay must be formatted throughout using APA format. Sub-headings may be used, but are not necessary. Citations must be used throughout to support all reported findings, theories or quotations, though direct quotations should be avoided where possible.

The word count will include all words from and including the first word of the title to the last word of the conclusions, and includes any in-text citations or captions within the text, but does not include references or appendices. An assignment which does not fall within 10% above or below the specified word limit will be subject to a word count penalty of up to 10% of the total possible grade. Words in assignments that exceed 10% of the word count are not assessed/marked and this may also affect the marks given.

Your essay will be assessed according to the following marking scheme which will be used to assess the Course Learning Outcomes. The total final mark is out of 60%. Marks will be awarded from 0 - 15 for each of the following 5 criteria...

1. Length: 1500 words for those who completed Assessment 1 and 2500 words for those who opted out of Assessment 1

2. Evidence of critical thinking

3. Evidence of literature search and appropriate use of citations with evidence of synthesis of ideas/literature

4. Rational/logical development of arguments

5. Effective communication: Style and structure of writing and adherence to APA style. This includes adherence to the following...

Title: Must have a title that describes well the topic to be discussed (either the study or the area of professional psychology)

Introduction: Not more than one paragraph, giving some historical background to the area and setting the scene

Main body: Develop the main themes of your chosen topic here

Conclusions: One or two paragraphs summarising the preceding section and, most importantly, giving your assessment of the status and possible future directions of the area, either in terms of research or professional development

Reference section: Must include full references for all citations given in the essay


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Submit through Unit Moodle page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply critical thinking to current research in the field of psychology and the social sciences.
  • Synthesize ideas and extract themes from current psychological literature
  • Communicate ideas effectively in writing and in adherence with APA style.
  • Apply the principles of effective learning to their own study as the basis for successful lifelong learning.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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