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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dianne Vella-Broderick


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.

PSY5041 will focus on ethical, legal, social and professional issues and responsibilities related to psychological practice as an organisational psychologist. Conceptual and practical issues will be presented and discussed with the aim of preparing students for their placements and for working as organisational psychologists.


On completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity of organisational psychologists.
  2. Be aware of the potential areas of conflict between the professional standards of psychologists and those of business.
  3. Critically evaluate existing ethical codes and conduct in relation to the practice of organisational psychologists.
  4. Understand the issues associated with identifying "clients" in the organisational psychology context.
  5. Become familiar with membership criteria for the APS and the College of Organisational Psychology
  6. Understand the criteria for registration as a psychologist in Victoria
  7. Identify Acts which are most relevant to the practice of organisational psychology
  8. Understand what constitutes competent and responsible behaviour for organisational psychologists.
  9. Apply decision-making models and the APS Code of Ethics to relevant cases and situations in organisational psychology.


Group presentation (25%)
Individual presentation report (25%)
Essay (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dianne Vella-Broderick

Contact hours

A 3 hour seminar