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Unit Overview


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. Students will develop understanding of their responsibilities, and how these differ, when working as a practitioner with individuals, groups and organisations. We will develop skills in working at each of these levels which will include learning how to identify and provide support to individuals experiencing common mental health issues in the workplace. This unit is a pre-requisite and preparation unit to enable students to commence their placement pathway.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop their understanding of the ethical and regulatory frameworks which set the standards of conduct and professional practice expected for Registered Psychologists.; (2) apply the National Practice Standards, APS Code of Ethics, Mental Health First Aid and relevant legislation to a range of contexts to make appropriate decisions within the work context.; (3) confidently discuss and critique the professional responsibilities and standards expected of a Psychologist operating within the IO landscape including understanding how their role will change when working with individuals, groups and organisations and at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention.; and (4) characterise how placement activity, and the process of administering your placement, is a key aspect of demonstrating your ability to practice safely and competently..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment 1; (2) assessment 2; (3) assessment 3; 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.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Liz Pritchard
Unit rules
Enrolment in
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
and Successful completion of
three Unit(s) 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
and 6 points in your chosen degree
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.
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.
Students must provide evidence of completion of Mental Health First Aid accreditation in order to be eligible to participate in placement activity.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.