Psychology and Behavioural Science courses

What are Inherent Requirements?

The University of New England aims to achieve an inclusive study environment that reflects the diversity of Australian society. The University’s School of Psychology and Behavioural Science supports the right of all people who wish to undertake our courses to achieve their potential and pursue their career objectives.

To support potential and current students' decision making, the University has developed inherent requirement statements for School of Psychology and Behavioural Science courses. These statements specify the inherent requirements for progression to a completed degree. The University is committed to working with students to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, fieldwork (which may include remote sites), laboratory work, industrial experience, work/clinical placements and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities or other factors on their ability to participate in and meet the requirements of their course. When making reasonable adjustments, the University will maintain the inherent academic and other requirements of its courses.

Inherent Requirement Statements for School of Psychology and Behavioural Science courses

These inherent requirement statements cover the following degrees:

  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)

The inherent requirement statements should be read in conjunction with other course information and the academic requirements found in the Course Rules and Course Outcomes. Some of the required activities in these courses involve fieldwork and clinical placement situations.

All students are also required to comply with University rules, policies and by-laws.

To successfully complete their course, students must meet all inherent requirements, with appropriate supports and reasonable adjustments as necessary.

If you are a student with a disability, or if there are other factors that may impact upon your studies and ability to carry out the inherent requirements, you should discuss any concerns with the UNE Special Needs Office in conjunction with the School of Psychology and Behavioural Science Academic Manager (who will liaise with the appropriate Course Coordinator) prior to enrolling in your course of study. These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements. If it is anticipated that the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, you will not be prohibited from enrolment, but you may be unable to successfully complete your course. For this reason, University staff will provide guidance regarding other study options.

Professionalism and Interpersonal Relations

Requirement

Work with others effectively, co-operatively, and in a professional manner in diverse and changing academic and practical experience settings.

Examples of Tasks

Work effectively in a team in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, clinical, field (may include remote sites) and workplace settings.

Behavioural stability and effective interactions in emotionally challenging situations, including events involving human suffering, physical, emotional and psychological trauma, pain, medical emergencies and death.

Manage uncertainties and adapt to change.

Interact with individuals and groups in a professional manner in a range of settings.

Adhere to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines and workplace policies in placement.

Observe work health and safety requirements including appropriate dress.

Receive and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

Demonstrate insight and self-awareness and be able to reflect on how personal behaviour impacts others and modify behaviour to ensure and maintain professionalism.

Manage own emotions and regulate own behaviour effectively in interactions with colleagues and clients on placement, and with fellow students and academic staff throughout the course of studies.

Use emotional intelligence and empathy and maintain behavioural stability in a wide range of situations.

Communication

Verbal

Requirement

Communicate effectively in spoken English.

Examples of Tasks

Respectful, clear, attentive, honest, empathetic and non-judgmental verbal communications.

Clear, timely, accurate and effective communication of information.

The ability to listen to and summarise clients’ verbal responses.

The ability to form working alliances with clients.

Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity in communication with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

The ability to communicate complex concepts (e.g. psychometric assessment outcomes, psychological formulation) in a clear and meaningful way to clients and other health professionals.

Understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner in all interactions.

Provide clear and effective verbal handover of professionally relevant information.

Provide timely and audible responses to classes and groups in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, field (may include remote sites), technology based forums (e.g., video links) and workplace settings.

Non-Verbal

Requirement

Respond and participate in effective non-verbal communication.

Examples of Tasks

Recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to non-verbal cues in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, clinical, field (may include remote sites) and workplace settings.

Timely, accurate and effective delivery and participation in non-verbal communication.

Non-verbal communication that is respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic, honest and non-judgmental.

Use consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, body movements and gestures to promote trust and build rapport with clients.

Written

Requirement

Communicate effectively in written English.

Examples of Tasks

Coherent written communications appropriate to the circumstances.

Construct both concise and extended pieces of work with grammatically correct and meaningful sentences.

Record information accurately and consistently in various formats, including handwritten and typed documents and spreadsheets.

Effective transmission of information in both academic and placement settings.

Effectively use electronic record keeping and data management systems.

Adhere to professional standards and Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines in relation to clinical record keeping and documentation.

Cognition

Cognitive tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply cognitive skills.

Examples of Tasks

Effectively identify and locate appropriate and relevant information.

Effectively conceptualise, integrate, process, interpret, and implement knowledge and information for academic and clinical tasks.

Appropriately apply policy and procedures in academic and work placement settings.

Accurately recall information without reference.

Perform repetitive activities with a high level of concentration until completion of the task.

Understand another person’s perspective.

Critically appraise and evaluate scientific evidence to inform psychological practice.

Ability to accurately apply knowledge of statistical concepts in the interpretation of psychometric assessment data.

Ability to adhere to professional standards and to apply Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines within clinical practice during clinical placement.

Collate and synthesise information and use it to make informed decisions.

Communicate complex ideas effectively to a range of people in variety of formats.

Literary tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply literacy skills.

Examples of Tasks

Read and understand a range of literature and information, including handwritten and typed documents, spreadsheets and graphs.

Integrate and summarise information in a meaningful manner.

Produce accurate, concise and clear documents and reports in accordance with professional standards and the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics.

Numeracy tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply numeracy skills.

Example of Tasks

Perform accurate calculations.

Accurately record and interpret numerical data, including psychometric assessment data.

Correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria.

Observation/sensory

Auditory

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete tasks with auditory components.

Examples of Tasks

Accurately receive and record information delivered verbally.

Accurately receive and record verbal responses of clients during administration of psychometric assessments (e.g. assessments of cognition, personality and adaptive functioning) and treatment sessions.

Listen attentively to people when conducting psychological assessment or consultation.

Participate in and understand work, health and safety briefings.

Observe alarms, warnings and directions (for example, related to industrial or construction activities) to ensure the safety of yourself and others during laboratory work, clinical/work placements and field trips.

Visual

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practices and tasks with visual components.

Examples of Tasks

Ability to administer, score and interpret psychometric assessments including assessments of cognition, personality and adaptive functioning.

Observe behaviour of others to contribute to behavioural and social assessments.

Observe and detect subtle changes in non-verbal behaviour to inform assessment and formulation of psychological functioning.

Create and interpret representations of data including graphs and tables.

Observe alarms, warnings and to ensure the safety of yourself and others during clinical practice, laboratory work and simulated practice.

Physical

Gross motor tasks

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete psychological practice and assessment tasks that involve gross motor skills.

Examples of Tasks

Physically manipulate material, systems and processes.

Consistent and sustained levels of energy and concentration to complete a range of specific tasks in a timely manner and over time.

Travel to and participate in practical exercises and excursions off campus or placement locations within reasonable timeframes (with regard to health and safety considerations), including those over uneven ground.

Fine motor tasks

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practical and assessment tasks that involve fine motor skills. Tasks that involve fine motor skills include being able to grasp, press, push, turn, squeeze and manipulate various objects. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently.

Examples of Tasks

Manipulate instruments and equipment in the administration of psychometric assessments.

Grasping, pressing, pushing, turning, squeezing and manipulating various objects and instruments in the administration of psychometric assessments.

Use knobs and dials in equipment used for laboratory and field data collection and analysis.

Use computer equipment.

Manipulate objects to determine physical properties.

*The University of New England Inherent Requirement Statements for the Courses within the School of Psychology and Behavioural Science have been developed from: University of Sydney Inherent Requirements for Pharmacy Courses and UWS Inherent Requirements – Engineering / Nursing Course Inherent Requirements

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