Bachelor of Psychology

General

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Program Description

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This course is designed for students with a humanities or science background.

It is for students who are interested in careers comprising psychology and a wide range of areas including arts and humanities, family and child support, youth work, community work, human services, criminology and justice. The course equips students with skills in analysing, researching behaviour and explaining interactions between people and their environment.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online.
  • Semester 1: Study part-time Online.
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
  • Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Students will be required to complete twelve core units (180 credit points). This will be supported by a selection of a 180 credit point supplementary programme, comprising of: a Double Major; or a Major plus a Minor/elective units; or Minor plus elective units. These may be selected from anywhere within the university. Generally, units in this course should be completed in year sequence (e.g. all first-year units should be completed before proceeding to second-year units).

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology 15
PSY1115 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1210 Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception 15
PSY1204 Social Determinants of Behaviour 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2102 Fundamentals of Psychological Inquiry 15
PSY2105 Psychology of Personality and Individual Differences 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2231 Developmental Psychology 15
PSY2204 Learning, Memory and Cognition 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3105 Advanced Methods of Psychological Inquiry 15
PSY3343 Abnormal Psychology 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3217 Cultural Issues in Psychology 15
PSY3225 Applications of Psychological Literacy 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 2 30

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad psychology knowledge to a range of theoretical and technical situations.
  • Communicate psychology knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate psychological solutions and responses.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise/synthesise complex psychology knowledge and problems.
  • Use digital technologies and psychology-related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate psychology methods.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities in psychology span across many fields, including human resources management, criminal justice, education, rehabilitation, business, mental health, counselling, and the administration and provision of social services; in particular, performing in any job or role that involves understanding and guiding human behaviour, showing empathy and compassion, and displaying skills such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, write formal reports, and keep accurate and organised records. Finally, this course will prepare students for further postgraduate studies in psychology.

Possible future job titles

Public sector worker, government agency worker, market researcher, children and family service provider, marketer, human resource worker, statistician, mental health services worker, financial service worker, police force officer.

Last updated May 2020

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