EDUC5478 School Psychology II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit develops skills and understanding in school psychology so students are ready to work relatively independently in a variety of professional tasks. Students develop sensitivity to the needs and characteristics of children, adolescents, parents and colleagues, both as individuals and in groups. They also develop knowledge and skills relevant to school psychology, and develop an awareness of their professional attitudes. Students undertake self-appraisal of their professional performance. Topics include managing critical incidents, behaviour (externalising and internalising), aggression, learning problems and social development.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of a number of clinical and mental health issues presented to school psychologists working with children, adolescents and adults; (2) measure and analyse behaviour; (3) understand internalising and externalising behaviour; (4) understand behaviour management techniques; (5) develop appropriate behaviour change programs; and (6) gain an understanding of social development and the impact of learning difficulty on the mental wellbeing of the students.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial presentation; (2) classroom observation; and (3) a written psychological report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the tutorial presentation, classroom observation, and a written psychological report components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I
EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
enrolment in Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (30360)
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II
EDUC5406 School Psychology Professional Practice II
Advisable prior study:
a Bachelor of Psychology degree
Contact hours
30 hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.