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PSY399 (D) Notes

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Received a Distinction in this theory heavy unit. These notes are very comprehensive.

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Psy399 - Comprehensive notes: lectures, tutorials, readings

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Comprehensive notes: lectures, tutorials, readings enquire within for ethics and WHS modules

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Similar experience of this psych unit with all the other reviews. Marked so harshly and it is completely subjective to each placement experience. Tutors mark very differently to each other as I had a similar standard to a friend but received a pass and they received a distinction. I recommend choosing your tutors wisely as it would greatly benefit you.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

This is by far the worst unit I have ever completed at Macquarie University. The assessments are marked very harshly, but provide no detail on how to improve the quality of work. Results are also released whenever the tutors manage to finish them and even after waiting a month there is no comments left within the essay, only an overall short comment and a qualitative mark. Students doing well in other subjects have received passes throughout. The practice exam consisted of extremely specific questions on unimportant content. For example students were required to recall the reference from the second sentence of a required reading. Overall, a horrible unit with subjective marking that has very little academic value.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Worst subject ever. I honestly hated every second of it. The tutorials are not helpful at all as you sit in a room and “reflect”. The marking is incredibly subjective, I was literally advised by my tutor to make up my assignment and then got awarded a pass for it. The practice exam included really silly nit-picky questions such as specific statistics included in lectures, not so much the overall principle they are attempting to teach us. Overall I have learnt nothing and this unit is a waste of time and money it is ridiculous that it marks the end of undergrad studies. Extremely bitter taste left in my mouth thank you macquarie psychology.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

The placement itself was great and I found it really valuable, but that was the only decent part of this unit. The content was incredibly disorganised and didn't provide much information that enhanced our learning. Tutorials felt quite pointless as they mostly were about reflecting on our experiences rather than helping us get through content or improve our work. Marking for the written assessment tasks is very subjective and extremely harsh (students who get HDs in all other subjects barely scraping a P). Also, while some tutors marked on time and returned feedback to students others did not, meaning many students went into exam period with no feedback on their work. This is really unfair, why should some of the cohort be disadvantaged? Why release marks at different times? Surely you need to check for inter-rater reliability? Oh, probably not, because the marking was so subjective. Exam questions are irrelevant too, and many questions assess your memory for minute, specific details rather than your overall understanding and appreciation for the unit. Very disappointing unit, especially considering it is a capstone!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Subjective marking. Disappointing unit overall.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Having a practical aspect to the course made content engaging and relevant. However, doing well in the subject will take a lot of studying useless facts and info, as well as pulling answers from thin air.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Really did not like this subject. Probably one of the worst out of all the psych units I took. The placement was ok. But the project report assessment task was terrible...It was worth too much for an assessment that has never been done in any other psych unit. I felt quite ambiguous about the task. The instructions given by the tutor and the unit guide were opposing, and so I was left confused. I was disappointed with my marks, as I tried really hard to do what was unclearly asked. Since it is compulsory for psych students, I'd suggest to take the unit guide and talk to your tutor about the project report specifically. It's something I should've done and regret not doing. Good luck!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

The placement opened a great many work opportunities in psychology that I wouldn't necessarily have otherwise had. However, course content is messy, convoluted, and feels like researchers are showing off their research areas rather than interested in demonstrating the holistic approach to psychology. This is a promising subject, but the lecturers need to put pride aside in lecture content.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2013