Application for Accreditation Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Limited (apac)


Course Content - Graduate Attributes



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Course Content - Graduate Attributes

Please refer to Standard 3.1.7 in Section 3: Undergraduate 3-Year Sequence Courses of the APAC Rules for Accreditation and Accreditation Standards for Psychology Courses when completing this section.

Note: The APAC site visit team may request further information demonstrating how core topics are evident in a unit. (Standard 3.1.8)



Graduate attribute 1: Core knowledge and understanding.

Please complete the following table outlining where the course provides education in the following:




Topic in years 1 to 3

Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in

Form/s of Assessment

Abnormal psychology







Biological bases of behaviour







Cognition, information processing and language







Individual differences in capacity and behaviour, testing and assessment, and personality






Learning







Lifespan developmental psychology







Motivation and emotion







Perception







Social psychology







History and philosophy of psychology







Intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology







Graduate attribute 2: Research methods in psychology.

Please complete the following table outlining how the course provides the skills to do the following:


Topic in years 1 to 3

Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in

Form/s of Assessment


describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology







describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists







demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other psychological research







design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions: frame research questions; undertake literature searches; critically analyse theoretical and empirical studies; formulate testable hypotheses; operationalise variables; choose an appropriate methodology; make valid and reliable measurements; analyse data and interpret results; and write research reports








Graduate attribute 3: Critical thinking skills.

Please complete the following table outlining where the course provides the skills to do the following:



Topic in years 1 to 3

Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in


Form/s of Assessment

apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes







question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions







recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking







Graduate attribute 4: Values, research and professional ethics.

Please complete the following table outlining where the course provides the skills to do the following:



Topic in years 1 to 3

Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in

Form/s of Assessment

evaluate psychologists’ behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the Australian Psychological Society “Code of Ethics” and the complementary “Ethical Guidelines”, as well as the Australian “National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce”





use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication)








Graduate attribute 5: Communication skills.

Please complete the following table outlining where the course provides the skills to do the following:



Topic in years 1 to 3

Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in

Form/s of Assessment

write a standard research report using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions







demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes







Graduate attribute 6: Learning and application of psychology.

Please complete the following table outlining where the course provides the skills to do the following:

Topic in years 1 to 3


Unit code/s and name of unit/s the topic appears in

Form/s of Assessment

apply knowledge of legislative frameworks (including privacy, human rights)







apply knowledge of consumer and carer participation in psychological care







apply knowledge of psychology, society and the workplace/influencing systems







describe major areas of applied psychology (e.g., clinical, organizational)







demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology







3.1.11: Please make available de-identified copies of a range of marked assignments for each assessment task in each unit within the program for inspection by APAC during the site visit.




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