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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
1BH013
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
Not Available
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

VPSSH1

Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Society and Welfare Studies

Are you a high achieving psychology student, want to distinguish yourself from other graduates and pursue a rewarding career as a clinical psychologist or in other professions? If answered yes, then the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) could be the next step for you! The honours program is the most common critical stepping stone towards becoming a registered clinical psychologist. However, this course also opens the doors to an exciting range of valuable specialised graduate and postgraduate studies as well as to higher research degrees such as a PhD.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is a one year course that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Thus, upon successful completion, you will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of supervised practice.

This honours program gives you an opportunity to acquire expertise and skills that are highly valued by employers in human-centred professions. The honours will give you access to developing an in-depth understanding of psychological theories and practice, and the opportunity to design, conduct, interpret and communicate research.

The expertise and skills that you can gain in the honours program will give you access to better understanding yourself, growing and enhancing your wellbeing, creating healthier and more empowering relationships, adapting to changes in your personal and professional environments, and empowering other people. The knowledge and skills you can acquire in the honours program are designed to prepare you for careers in a wide range of areas in private and government organisations.

Professional recognition

On completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours degree students are eligible for Associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

Admission requirements

Completion within the last 10 years of an APAC accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science degree or equivalent. Applicants must have a GPA of 5.50 or better and a credit or better in second year and third year research design and analysis or equivalent.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

After graduating, you, like many of our graduates, have the knowledge and skills to work in areas relevant to human health and wellbeing such as health, counselling, education, sport, marketing, policy, forensic, youth work, justice systems, service delivery, human resource management and research. Depending on your chosen area, you could work in a wide variety of contexts including private practice as a provisional registered psychologist, state/territory and federal government agencies, community organisations, hospitals, businesses, schools and universities.

Completing the honours program gives you access to exciting specialised graduate and postgraduate studies. If you complete your honours with at least a high 2A, you can also continue your studies by undertaking specialised postgraduate courses including the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) or choose a career in research by embarking on a PhD including the PhD/MPsych (Clinical).

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campus notes

    External: this course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensives residential schools for each unit.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The Honours year in Psychology at Charles Darwin University is structured to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in psychology in a course which meets the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's (APAC) criteria for a fourth year in Psychology. The coursework units comprise 50% of the award and includes Research Methods and Practice; Ethics and Professional Issues; Psychological Assessment and Psychological Interventions.

The research composes 50% of the award: students design the project, present it to staff and peers prior to submission of the Ethics application. Students will submit a comprehensive literature review of the research area and, following the completion of the independent empirical investigation, will report their findings in an APA written article suitable for publication and present their results in an oral presentation at the end of the year.

The Honours project must be completed within a single academic year.

This course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensives residential schools for each unit. Students are required to participate in four 5 – 6 day intensives throughout the honours year. The exact time, length and location of the intensives will be communicated to each student in the welcome letter and the school website.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
80cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. 

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY423 Psychological Interventions (previously PSY422)
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues
PSY447 Research Methods and Practice
PSY791 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (recoded from HON412 2016)
PSY792 Honours Research Project #20 (20cp)
 

 
80cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Bachelor of Honours AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who have completed PSY422 should not complete PSY423.
Students who have completed one unit of HON412 should complete either PSY791 or PSY792.

Unit Code Changes

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
PSY422 PSY423 Psychological Interventions 
HON412 PSY491 Honours Thesis #20

 

 

 

Study plan

This course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensives residential schools for each unit. Students are required to participate in four 5 – 6 day intensives throughout the honours year. The exact time, length and location of the intensives will be communicated to each student in the welcome letter and the school website.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY447  Research Methods and Practice CO PSY404 Psychological Assessment CO
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues CO PSY423 Psychological Interventions CO
PSY791 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) CO PSY792 Honours Research Project #20 (20cp) CO

Students commencing in Semester 2

There is no semester 2 entry into this course.

Students commencing in Summer Semester

There is no summer semester entry into this course.

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