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 ethical 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 (NHMRC). 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 (APS).

Details

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

Students must be enrolled in CC42 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)


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).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 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

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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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.45% 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: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Residential School was very beneficial - both for meeting fellow students and lecturers, but also the group presentation assessment was a great way to start understanding research ethics.
Recommendation
Residential School will continue to be offered and will be in the same format (including group presentation assessments).
Action Taken
It was intended to run the Residential School in the same format as in the previous year. However, it was changed to run online in response to travel restrictions and health concerns. The group presentation was submitted as a recorded presentation.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Clarity needed as to which marking rubric should be used and what was required from the assessments.
Recommendation
Marking rubrics and other assessment information will not be altered once the Moodle site is made available to students.
Action Taken
The marking rubrics and other assessment information were not altered once the Moodle site was made available to students.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Assignments needed to be returned on time.
Recommendation
All staff will be reminded that return of student work by the dates specified in the Unit Profile is essential. The Head of Course will continually check on marking progress and will take steps to address any issues before they have an impact on assessment return.
Action Taken
All staff returned assessments to the students within the time specified.
Source: Student Evaluation, emails.
Feedback
Teaching staff were supportive and approachable.
Recommendation
Continue to foster an open dialogue between students and staff.
Action Taken
The online Residential School and the regular Zoom tutorials continued to facilitate good and supportive communication between staff and students.
Source: Student evaluation, student communication.
Feedback
Retain the Residential School.
Recommendation
Retain the Residential School as an essential component of the Ethics unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation.
Feedback
Change the asessment date for Assessment 2 so that it does not coincide with the submission date of the research proposal for the Research Project unit.
Recommendation
Coordinate assessment items across all of the Honours units to ensure that deadlines do not clash.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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