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PSYC13-317: Applied Psychology


This subject focuses on the application of psychological and neuroscientific research to areas outside of the lab. Topics covered may include the use of psychometric tests for workplace assessment; the application of psychological research to the legal system; innovative approaches to using neuroscience methods to improve health and wellbeing; the application of cognitive, motivational and neuroscience techniques to human performance; the rise of “big data” and large scale psychological interventions; and ethical issues involved in the application of psychological theory and research to the real world. Students will develop an understanding of the different and important ways in which psychological research can be applied, the challenges involved in doing so, and the strengths and weaknesses of different disciplines in applied contexts.  

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: PSYC13-317
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Psychology, Criminology, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

  1. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
  2. Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology.
  4. Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.