PSYC5544 Professional Skills

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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. Weeks 6 to 9 focus on practical skills to navigate potentially emotionally charged workplace situations- stakeholder management, stress, providing and responding to feedback and working in teams.

The course is designed and facilitated by Jill Latham, Organisational Psychologist.
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) completion of surveys and activities; (2) reflective essay; and (3) professional development plan. 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 learning reflections based on survey results and in class discussion and completion of a challenge goal setting task components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Jillian Laham
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Business Psychology (73550)
or
in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (53580)
or
in the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580)
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
  • 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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.