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 EDUCATION

‘Psychology Does Matter’ event at IMU

30th June, 2017

IMU Psychology students organised a Psychology Week, showcasing various areas of Psychology, at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This is the fourth time that this event was organised at the university.

The theme of this year’s event is “Psychology Does Matter” and it covered the many integrative applications of psychology. There were posters on addictions, health psychology exhibitions, experiments on taste perception, expressive art therapy demonstrations, 30-second elevator speech for job interviews and many more, giving the opportunity for the Psychology students to present their “classroom knowledge” to students from other IMU programmes.

Semester 2 Psychology students commented, “We learned a lot more about the topics allocated to us for the event, including how to provide appropriate responses to questions from the lay person. What is useful is that we were able to improve on our presentation skills, an important aspect of our own personal and professional development.”

One of the highlights of the event is the art therapy and card therapy organised by Semester 8 students. One of the students, Izza Amira commented that “I was at the card therapy booth and it was very interesting indeed. The students who participated in this activity were very open to the idea of card therapy, interested to learn about the cards and were willing to share their thoughts with me.”

She added, “It was such an overwhelming experience as I was able to gain more insight and see different perspectives from the sharing with these students. Just as much as I was hoping the students can see their strength in the cards, they taught me how to see things from such a diverse perspective. I find myself more critical in finding positivity in every weakness. In all, it was such a great experience to be able to facilitate the therapy”.

Besides that, the “30-second elevator speech” for job interviews was also frequented by many students from different programmes. Students were required to record a clear, brief message about themselves communicating who they are, what they are looking for and how they can benefit a company or organisation. The recording duration given was about 30-second which is also the time it takes for people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator.

Students who were interested in the Industrial and Organisational Psychology activity mentioned that the 30-second elevator speech activity was very interesting. Although it was tough for certain individuals, it was beneficial and provided a good learning platform. We learnt strategies to be more comfortable at sharing about ourselves especially when applying for jobs. It was a good opportunity to take a good look at oneself in regard to how one performs in front of others or interviewers, and reflect upon what we see and hear during the playback.

The participants were able to see the benefits derived from this activity, such as interpersonal skills and how it will make a different impression in the eyes of the employers or audience. All in all, it was agreed upon that further practice can lead to the desired outcome”.

The 3-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology at IMU, Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 25 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, has a curriculum that has been developed to meet high international standards. Students have the option to complete the entire psychology degree in IMU or study part of the programme in IMU and transfer to University of Newcastle, Australia or the University of Strathclyde, UK for completion of their degree.

The 3-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology has also been accepted internationally for further specialisation at the graduate level. In order to become a qualified psychologist, you will have to first complete your undergraduate degree in psychology, followed by a Master’s degree in one of the specialised areas of psychological practice.

Intakes for the Psychology programme are in February and September. This programme is open to both Arts and Science students. If you enjoy thinking about the causes of human behavior and have a desire to help people manage their problems, apply now for a great start to an interesting and exciting career in psychology.

If you have just completed your SPM and do not have pre-university qualification, consider enrolling in the one-year IMU Foundation in Science, the preferred foundation and direct route for entry into any of the University’s local degree programmes.

For more information, please refer to www.imu.edu.my or email: start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03 – 2731 7272.

   
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