PSYCH 300 : Applied Psychology


2020 Semester Two (1205) (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

An introduction to the linkage between psychological science and applied practice. The course may include aspects of health, organisational (OHP), behavioural (ABA), speech language therapy (SLT), or other major fields from the discipline of Psychology. Emphasis will be on how psychology can improve the performance and well-being of people. This course is highly recommended for those intending to study Applied Behaviour Analysis, Health Psychology, Speech Language Therapy, or Clinical Psychology at postgraduate level.

Course Requirements

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

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
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 and 2)
  2. Define health psychology, give examples of research from the area and discuss the implications of the research in the application to human populations. (Capability 1 and 2)
  3. Define speech language therapy, give examples of research from the area and discuss the implications of the research in the application to human populations. (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Define organizational health psychology, give examples of research from the area and discuss the implications of the research in the application to human populations.
  5. Define applied behaviour analysis, give examples of research from the area and discuss the implications of the research in the application to human populations. (Capability 1 and 2)
  6. Compare and contrast the different areas of psychology to identify where they overlap and diverge in content, concepts, and approaches. (Capability 1 and 2)
  7. Critically evaluate the strengths and weakness of research from a wide range of areas of psychology and be able to discuss how the research might impact upon humans. (Capability 1 and 2)
  8. Present academic content, using both spoken and written skills, in a manner that effectively conveys the point to the audience. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  9. Give corrective, constructive feedback to peers. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Critical Review 25% Individual Coursework
Presentation 6% Individual Coursework
Peer Review 10% Individual Coursework
Summary of Research 15% Individual Coursework
Vignettes 4% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Critical Review
Peer Review
Summary of Research
Final Exam

Learning Resources

There are no specific prescribed texts. However, each lecturer will provide you with recommended readings. 

Special Requirements

Lectures and labs contain an interactive component, and students are expected to engage in discussions with others.

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 3 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital 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.


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.

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 against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

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 at

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.

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.

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 you may be asked to submit your 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. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 12/02/2020 08:13 p.m.