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MOP5041 - Placement 1

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Dianne Vella-Broderick


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


To register as a Psychologist and to become a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists students must successfully complete 1000 hours of supervised placement activity. In the service of these requirements, the Master of Organisational Psychology and the Doctor of Psychology (Organisational) programs offer four placement units. This unit is the first of the four.

This unit is designed to satisfy the APS requirement of adequate provision of training in professional skills and knowledge for all students prior to commencing their first placement. The weekly two-hour placement seminars introduce students to topics relevant to the professional practice of organisational psychology. The primary content will focus on ethical issues and practice in organisational contexts and the science practitioner model.


On completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the APS Code of Ethics;
  2. demonstrate awareness of how the APS Code of Ethics applies to a range of organisational psychological interventions;
  3. identify ethical dilemmas that are common to organisational psychologists and generate possible strategies for avoiding ethical misconduct;
  4. locate and discuss the required competencies of organisational psychologists as outlined by the APS
  5. understand criteria for registration as a psychologist in Victoria;
  6. understand criteria for membership of the APS and the College of Organisational Psychology;
  7. describe and critically evaluate the scientist-practitioner paradigm as it applies to the practice of organisational psychology;
  8. overview Occupational, Safety and Health principles and regulations as they apply to potential placement experiences;
  9. describe an induction process suitable for students beginning placement;
  10. describe the process required for the completion of subsequent placements.


Students are required to complete four separate placement units. Students who do not attend 75% of the placement seminars when they are enrolled in the placement subject risk an incomplete mark or failure. Exceptions will be considered for documented illness or family emergency, or prior arrangement with the Placement Seminar Coordinator. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirement may be required to attend another semester of placement seminars.
75% Attendance of Placement Seminars, Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria Placement Report, Placement Contracts, Placement Logbook and Placement Feedback Sheet.

Contact hours

Masters Student 125 placement days & DPsych Students 188 placement days (over entire course)

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