University of Technology Sydney

96842 Psychological Science Career Readiness

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Subject handbook information prior to 2023 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Health (GEM)
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The discipline of psychology offers diverse career pathways that allow psychological scientists to change lives, organisations, and communities in positive ways. In this subject, students use knowledge and skills in lifelong learning, social impact, research and innovation to hone their psychology workforce literacy. Outcomes include a resume that showcases qualifications in psychological science including capability required for appropriate and effective work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The subject provides an opportunity to practice interpersonal skills that increases competitiveness in the job market or further studies.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

001. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse psychological science career pathways
019. Critique a service or government policy and practice standards intended to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
026. Craft clear and concise communications to fulfill a purpose and address specific audiences
030. Offer constructive feedback on a communication project
038. Analyse academic and career plans based on accurate assessment of key required attributes
041. Create a resume or curriculum vitae that showcases typical skill sets employers desire in psychology graduates
042. Develop a presentation that strengthens preparation for job entry or postgraduate admission

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

The learning outcomes for this subject are as follows:

  • Culturally Appropriate: Evaluate advanced knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is sensitive to diversity of individuals and culturally appropriate, while critically reflecting on the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. (1.1)
  • Psychological Literacy: Justify the application of psychological science to meet personal, professional, and societal goals. (2.1)
  • Research and Communication: Analyse, critique, and communicate advanced theory and research in psychology, including investigation of an individual research question relevant to psychology. (2.2)
  • Interpersonal and Teamwork: Develop interpersonal, teamwork, and interview skills appropriate to psychological practice and research. (2.3)
  • Lifelong Learning: Assemble advanced knowledge, skills, and attributes required for self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology and for ongoing personal and professional learning. (3.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Culturally responsive

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) are culturally responsive professionals, able to reflect on and explain their own cultural perspectives and accommodate cultural differences, particularly in the context of working with and for Indigenous Australians.

2. Psychologically and technologically literate

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) understand psychology and behaviour from an evidence-based perspective, can apply psychological science to real-world problems, and are competent in the design, analysis, critique, and communication of research.

3. Lifelong learner

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) appreciate the importance of lifelong learning and are equipped to undertake ongoing learning for personal development and professional practice as they move along the novice to expert continuum.

Teaching and learning strategies

Orientation activities

Preparation for the session - You are expected to undertake activities during orientation week. These activities are designed to introduce you to the subject and your peers, and will assist you to prepare for the subject's assessment tasks.

Independent learning activities

Relevant readings, videos and activities will be made available online relevant to the topic of the week. This will support your ability to progress successfully throughout the subject and complete assessment items effectively. The online material aims to enhance your understanding of the topic or delve deeper into a more specific area, compare experiences and ideas with others and gain feedback. Information and links to all these learning activities can be accessed via Canvas as well as the subject outline.

Zoom meetings

You are strongly encouraged to attend all scheduled Zoom meetings as they will prepare you for the subject’s assessment tasks. Additionally, they provide opportunities for group activities, discussion, self-assessment, peer review and formative feedback from the subject coordinator and your teaching team. The schedule for this subject’s zoom meetings is provided on Canvas.


Feedback in this subject takes several forms including self-assessment, peer review, automatic feedback from interactive activities and from the teaching team. Formative feedback throughout the subject aims to increase your performance in summative assessments.

Feedback and changes from previous subject offering

This is the first offering of this subject, we will be collecting feedback from you in several forms to evaluate the design, relevance and depth of the content and its delivery. We appreciate you taking part in this process to ensure we are delivering subjects that are contemporary and meet your needs.


Assessment task 1: Reflection


This is a low stakes assessment to provide you with early constructive feedback. The intent is to provide an overview of this subject and promote reflection that will contribute to assessments 2 and 3. The assessment will contribute to your preparation for diverse future study or career pathways.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

001 and 038

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

2.1 and 3.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%

500 words


Marking criteria are available on Canvas

Assessment task 2: Policy critique


The Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project Workforce Capabilities Framework suggests critique of Indigenous relevant policy as a form of work integrated learning in the fourth year of a psychology program. The intention is to build capacity and competency to work appropriately and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

019 and 026

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

1.1 and 2.2

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

1500 words


Marking criteria are available on Canvas

Assessment task 3: CV, Recorded Vieple application, Self review and Peer review


This assessment provides students with the opportunity to practice contemporary job application skills. Students will develop competency in the compilation of a brief CV and creation of online video presentations while at the same time building their interview skills. Competency in self-reflection and constructive peer review will also be developed.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

030, 041 and 042

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

2.3 and 3.1

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

2-page CV, 2 min video, 250 word self-review, 250 word peer review


Marking criteria are available on Canvas

Required texts

Machin, T., Machin, T., Jeffries, C., & Hoare, N. The Australian Handbook for Careers in Psychological Science. University of Southern Queensland.


University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). (2020). Assessment of coursework subjects policy and procedures, UTS.

A comprehensive list of references and other resources are available in this subject in Canvas.

Other resources

UTS Student Centre

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Student Centre details

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UTS Library

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Improve your academic and English language skills

Marks for all assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations are given not only for what you write but also for how you write. If you would like the opportunity to improve your academic and English language skills, make an appointment with the HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Service in Student Services.