PSYC5544 Professional Skills

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Content
This unit is designed to support students to develop their employability – the set of individual attributes, understandings and skills that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations (Knight & Yorke, 2003). The content is necessarily practical and is underpinned by psychological principles, models of employability and evidence-based approaches to professional development practice.

The unit involves substantial self-reflection through completion of individual questionnaires and reflection activities. As a result, the student should develop a robust understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses relevant to the work context. Students will learn to set goals and design development action plans based on goal directed self-regulation. A focus on practical skills assists students to navigate potentially emotionally charged workplace situations- stakeholder management, stress, providing and responding to feedback and working in teams.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) evaluate their professional strengths and areas for development as they relate to employability and the work context.; (2) apply technical and theoretical knowledge of self-leadership and goal theory to design professional development plans.; and (3) describe value to potential employers based on understanding of own strengths and employability..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal; (2) elevator pitch video; and (3) professional development plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Jillian Latham
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology, or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology, or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
Contact hours
2 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities
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