Course Outline

PSY102 Current Directions in Psychology

Course Coordinator:Kristen Tulloch ( School:School of Health - Psychology

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The purpose of the course is to provide you with an engaging, contemporary introduction to current fields of practice in psychology. Each week you will be introduced to a different area or career in psychology and discuss recent developments in each area of practice. You will be exposed to the current trends in psychology, career options, and challenges within these areas. The assessment will include the opportunity for you to further examine and critically evaluate various psychology topic areas covered within the course, and examine your personal attributes in relation to these areas of practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Learning materials – 1 hour online material to review on Canvas in student own time 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop - 2 hours 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Refer to CANVAS for details 1hr Week 2 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Fields of practise (e.g., health, cognition, neuropsychology, development),
  • Careers in psychology (pathways, training, experiences),
  • Current trends and challenges for psychology graduates.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe and evaluate concepts, theories, and research relating to the study of psychology. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate an awareness of self and others, and individual differences. Knowledgeable
3 Communicate knowledge appropriately for the psychology discipline. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in AB314, AR302, AR364, AR374, AR405.


PSY100 or PSY101


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Quiz/zes will be used to provide early feedback on the understanding of course content.

Task 2 will provide students feedback for implementation in their Task 3 assessment.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 30%
1 hour
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 20%
350 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Essay Individual 50%
650 words, plus integration of Task 2
(total piece 1000 words + feedback response)
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz/zes
The goal of this assessment task is to demonstrate an understanding of the content covered in the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
SUBMIT: There will be three multiple choice quizzes across the semester. These will be due in Weeks 5, 9 and 12. 

Each quiz will consist of 7 questions per topic (21 or 28 questions per quiz) resulting in a cumulative grade.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and correctness of a response.
Recognise distinctions between applied examples of course content that demonstrate individual differences.
All - Assessment Task 2:Written Piece
The goal of this assessment task is to critically reflect on the fields of psychology, specific course topics, readings, videos, in relation to your own personal attributes, values, interests and career goals.
Product: Written Piece
A reflective writing piece that clearly identifies your critical review and reflection of course topics in relation to your personal attributes, values, interests and career goals
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical evaluation
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Written piece
The goal of this assessment task is to build on skills practiced in Task 2, extending on these by implementing feedback provided.
Product: Essay
Building on your reflective writing skills from Task 2, this piece involves a critical review and personal reflection of course topics, and allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply feedback provided by teaching staff.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical evaluation
1 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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