PSYCH 300 : Applied Psychology


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Discusses psychological issues relating to illnesses and well-being of people in the workplace. Consideration will be given both to the theoretical models which have been developed and to the types of methodology used in their investigation. Emphasis is given to the interplay between science and practice.

Course Overview

This course provides students with the skills to critically evaluate and communicate about research from applied psychology fields including: Health Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Speech Language Therapy, and Organisational and Occupational Health Psychology. The course is designed for people considering postgraduate studies in one or more of these area, or for students who wish to understand how the scientific research from psychology can impact upon the lives of people.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in Psychology and 15 points from STATS 100-125

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the concepts of empirically supported treatments and evidence based practices. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8)
  2. Define health psychology, Speech Language Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis, and Organisational and Occupational Health Psychology, and give examples of research from these areas. (Capability 3 and 6)
  3. Identify and critically evaluate the implications of research from health psychology, Speech Language Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis, and Organisational and Occupational Health Psychology in the application to human populations. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8)
  4. Compare and contrast the different areas of psychology to identify where they overlap and diverge in content, concepts, and approaches. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  5. Communicate academic content, using both spoken and written skills, in a manner that effectively conveys the point to the audience. (Capability 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 35% Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Individual Coursework
Case Studies 6% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
self reflection 4% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Case Studies
Final Exam
self reflection
This course does not have plussage. 

There are multiple opportunities for students to submit course work through out the year, students can obtain a resubmission opportunity by answering questions on what they learned from markers feedback. 


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Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in. For this course, you can expect a total of 36 hours of lectures, 7 hours of tutorials, 42 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 35 hours of work on assignments and/or exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

  • Attendance is expected at scheduled activities, including labs, to complete components of the course.
  • Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities, including [seminars/tutorials/labs/studios], will [be available/not be available] as recordings.
  • The course [will/will not] include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials].
  • Attendance on campus is [required/not required] for the [test/exam].
  • The activities for the course are scheduled as a [standard weekly timetable/block delivery].

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Students are provided with recommended readings associated with each area, this will be avalaible on Canvas and/or in lecture slides. 

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

It is difficult to make changes to the course as we have yet to get our SET evaluations back. However, we will look at providing some more structure around some of the assignment options. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.