PSYC5547 MIOP Professional Practice and Ethics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The focus of this unit is on developing the students understanding of the societal and legislative expectations concerning professional conduct and the responsibilities involved in providing services as a registered psychologist. This unit trains students in the ethical and regulatory landscape (including the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce, the National Law for Health Practitioners, Code of Ethics and associated guidelines published by the Australian Psychological Society). We investigate the role played by professional associations (such as the Australian Psychological Society) and regulators (such as the College of Organisational Psychologists) in maintaining integrity and public trust in the psychology profession. We also deal with contemporary issues of interest to the profession of I/O psychology and to the professionals working within it. A particular emphasis in this unit is the investigation of professional issues faced by the I/O psychologist in a variety of different contexts. This unit is a pre-requisite and preparation unit to enable students to commence their placement pathway.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop professional competence in a work context; (2) develop the ability to bring one's academic training to bear on practical problems in diverse situations; (3) develop a critical appreciation of the roles and functions of psychologists in organisations and the community; and (4) gain insight into the constraints which apply in work environments, and the relationships which exist between theory and practice.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) NPS assessment; (2) individual case study facilitation; (3) class participation; and (4) attendance. 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 attendance component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Liz Pritchard
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580) ); and at least 24 points completed with a minimum of 18 points from Psychology units
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for 11 weeks.
Note
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
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