BSc Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Professional Development

Course unit fact file
Unit code PSYC10460
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The focus for Semester 1 will be academic development. We will consider how to approach University study, drawing from evidence-based research to arrive at practical strategies for optimising your study and adopting a self-regulated approach to learning. You will work through activities designed to develop key academic skills (for example, acknowledging source materials to avoid plagiarism, writing concisely). Tutorials will prepare you for tackling University level essays, with activities to illustrate how to deconstruct essay questions, evaluate evidence, develop logical and coherent arguments and present a clear and direct answer. You will be encouraged to actively reflect on your learning development throughout.

In Semester 2 the focus will shift to employability. Materials developed in conjunction with the Careers Service will support you to explore your career options, to develop a positive plan of action and to encourage you to engage in behaviours known to enhance future employability. You will consider your career goals, reflect on and document your experience, skills and qualities, create a LinkedIn Profile and start building your professional networks.



This unit aims to:

Help students make the transition to University and support their development as independent learners. Develop key academic skills. Encourage early engagement in career enhancing behaviours. Promote planning and reflective practise directed towards academic and career development. Provide experience of participating in a range of psychological research studies

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will be taught via lectures and small tutorial groups.

Knowledge and understanding

Credit sources of information in order to avoid plagiarism; Cite sources and construct a reference list in APA style; Appreciate the variety of career options available to psychology graduates; Recognise the qualities of a good CV.

Intellectual skills

Form a reasoned argument for a particular point of view; Evaluate and use research evidence in support of an argument; Reflect on your academic and career development.

Practical skills

Write in a concise and accurate manner, in line with published psychology literature; Create a LinkedIn profile and ‘reach out’ statement; Articulate your skills and attributes; Gain experience of participating in psychological research

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Identify personal skill needs and take responsibility for independent learning; Find and synthesise evidence from a range of source materials and be aware of the quality of that evidence; Develop awareness of your personal skills and attributes; Reflect critically on your development using a structured self-assessment tool; Set personal goals and have the motivation to achieve them

Assessment methods

Reading Summary - 5%

Online Quizzes - 15%

Reflective Learngin Exercise - 30%

CV - 15%

Peer Review of CV - 5%

Reflection on Career Development - 30%

SEPS Credits (or alternative assignment) - Pass/Fail

Feedback methods

Students will receieve feedback via grades, individual written feedback and cohort feedback

Recommended reading

Brown, P. C., Roediger III, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick. Harvard University Press. (available online)

American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Washington: American Psychological Association.

NB This is a reference resource, available at the library (students are not required to purchase their own copy).

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 81

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alison Fisher Unit coordinator

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