PSYC14050 - Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with comprehensive training in Research Ethics and the Ethics of Professional Practice. This unit will develop and assess your ability to apply ethics concepts in real life situations and scenarios, with emphasis placed on the provision of evidence based reasoning and justifications. As an advanced level unit there is a high level of expectation regarding independent study and self-directed learning. You are expected to be an active participant in the learning process, to independently research and read widely and to reflect upon multiple perspectives and opinions about best ethics practice in psychology - both in research and in professional practice. The unit is split into two six-week modules. Module 1 - Research Ethics will provide you with an understanding of the necessity for, and the processes which underpin research ethics within the Psychology discipline. This module has a focus on and will acquaint you with, the human research ethics procedures set by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. Module 2 - Professional Practice aims to equip you with the knowledge necessary for practicing as a psychologist in a professional manner. The focus of this module is on the identification of ethical issues in practice, and the development of professional decision making skills. This module will acquaint you with the Code of Ethics and the Ethical Guidelines set by the Australian Psychological Society.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CC42

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 15%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 15%
4. Written Assessment 20%
5. Examination 30%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.14% response rate.

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.

Source: "Have your say" end-of-term evaluation.
Feedback
It was commented that some of the weekly pre-recorded lectures were not always of the best quality, particularly the one audio-recording.
Recommendation
Lecture material will be updated, particularly the audio-recording.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" end-of-term evaluation.
Feedback
Marking rubric for residential assessments needs to be provided while assessments are being completed.
Recommendation
Although students are told to make themselves familiar with all marking rubrics prior to assessment, these will now also be provided in Residential School.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" end-of-term evaluation.
Feedback
Pre-arranged topics for the zoom sessions so discussion had more direction.
Recommendation
Topics for each Zoom session will be specified and where relevant, these will take the format of a lecture rather than an opportunity for discussion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
I believe the assessment criteria/matrices used, need to be much more comprehensive so we can specifically identify were marks were lost - I found the use of these very generic.
Recommendation
Develop assessment rubrics which provide more detailed feedback to students.
Action Taken
Assessment rubrics are now very detailed, and students are instructed to follow them closely.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The only area of improvement could be the way res school was structured.... I would have loved less time watching other people's talks in order to have some more face to face learning or discussion time.
Recommendation
Consider re-structuring the residential school to provide for more teamwork interaction during the day.
Action Taken
The presentations were run concurrently which allowed for more time during the Residential School for discussions and interactions.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Too many assessment tasks that required a tremendous amount of work for correspondingly small percentage of marks.
Recommendation
Currently there are five assessment tasks. Two of the assessment tasks have two parts - a total of seven items. It is recommended that the number of assessment items be reviewed.
Action Taken
The number of assessment items have been reduced - from seven items to five (four course work assignments and one examination).
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply the ethical requirements of psychological research in an Australian context, particularly as they relate to the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Human Research.
  2. Critically evaluate research from an ethics perspective and propose changes to a research approach and/or design to address the ethical issues identified.
  3. Apply and evaluate ethical decision making strategies across multiple professional contexts, particularly as they relate to applications of the Code of Ethics and the Ethical Gudelines of the Australian Psychological Society.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination