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Bachelor of Psychological Science

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
104361
External Studies
104361
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
077775E
CDU Course Code

WPSYS1

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

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, you will develop an integrated understanding of human behaviour including social-cultural perspective, motivations, health and psychopathology as well as the fundamental premise of psychology as an empirically based science.

Key study areas include:

  • research methods
  • abnormal psychology
  • social-cultural psychology
  • learning and motivation
  • cognitive psychology
  • the biological bases of behaviour
  • introduction to forensic psychology
  • counselling.

It also prepares you for the Honours program, as well as postgraduate professional coursework or supervised training in psychology.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and prepares students for entry into an Honours year in psychology. Students enrolled in this course can join the Australian psychological Society as a student member.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Domestic applications

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.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

Study Link

All International applicants must apply through Study Link unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in child and family services, child protection, community health and welfare, drug and alcohol, disability and rehabilitation services, health service management, research and evaluation, policy and planning, human resources management and marketing.

  • Pathways for VET to Higher Education
    Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


    Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

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

Students complete 24 units across core units (15) and a choice of specialist units (3) in psychology; two common units and other electives from across the University. The three first year core units provide an introduction to a variety of areas within the field of psychology including its history and philosophy and the importance of empirical methods.

In first year, students are introduced to a range of areas in psychology while in second and third year core and specialist electives provide more in-depth study of key areas such as research methods, abnormal psychology, social-cultural psychology, learning and motivation, cognitive psychology, the biological bases of behaviour, introduction to forensic psychology and counselling.

Second and third year core and specialist electives also cover major themes in foundational knowledge and contemporary issues in psychology as well as specialist areas (eg, health psychology, alcohol and other drugs, forensic psychology, neuroscience, counselling, behavioural therapies, etc).

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016)

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(15 units)
150cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below. 

IND120 Indigenous People, Society and Culture (replaces ATI120 Understanding Society and Culture from 2016)
PSY115 Psychological Skills
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology
PSY245 Cognition and Language
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis
PSY305 Theories of Personality
PSY340 Behavioural Therapies (new title from 2016)
PSY347 Advanced Research Design and Analysis
PSY353 Abnormal Psychology
PSY355 Applied Psychology (new title from 2016)
Plus either:
IND150 Colonising Australia (replaces ATI150 Indigenous Knowledges and Experience: History and Colonisation from 2016) OR
ATI140 Indigenous Land and Resources
 

Specialist Elective
(3 units)
30cp
Select units totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

PSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and Intervention
AOD201 Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies
PSY211 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
AOD301 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs
PSY390 Counselling (new title from 2016)
 

Electives
(4 units)
40cp
Select units totalling 40 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.
 
240cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students transferring from the BPSYS course to the WPSYS1 course should note the following changes:

  • an increase in core units from 10 to 15 (150 cp)
  • a reduction in specialist electives from 4 to 3 (30 cp)
  • a reduction in electives from 8 to 4 (40 cp)

Discontinued Units from 2016:

Unit Code Unit Title
PSY308 Behavioural Neuropsychology
PSY315 Learning and Motivation

Students who have completed PSY315 may still complete PSY340 as a specialist elective. 
Students who have not completed PSY315 should complete PSY340 as a core unit. 
Students who have completed PSY308 prior to 2016 may count this unit towards a specialist elective. 

Unit Title Changes

Unit Code Previous Title New Title (2016)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
PSY340 Introduction to Behavioural Therapies Behavioural Therapies
PSY355 Health Psychology Applied Psychology
PSY390 Introduction to Counselling Counselling

 Unit Code Changes 

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
ATI120 IND120 Indigenous People, Society and Culture
ATI150 IND150 Colonising Australia

 

 

Study plan

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. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B CO
IND150 Colonising Australia CO CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
IND120 Indigenous People, Society and Culture CO CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
PSY115 Psychological Skills CO Elective E
Year 2
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis CO PSY245 Cognition and Language CO
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour CO PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology CO Specialist elective SE
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective or Elective SE/E
Year 3
PSY305 Theories of Personality CO PSY347 Advanced Research Design and Analysis CO
PSY355 Applied Psychology CO PSY353 Abnormal Psychology CO
Specialist elective or Elective SE/E PSY340 Behavioural Therapies CO
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective or Elective SE/E

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
    PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B CO PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO
    ATI140 Indigenous Land and Resources CO CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU    
    Specialist elective SE    
Year 2
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis CO PSY245 Cognition and Language CO Elective E
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour CO PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO Elective E
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology CO Specialist elective SE    
PSY115 Psychological Skills CO Elective E    
Year 3
PSY305 Theories of Personality CO PSY347 Advanced Research Design and Analysis CO    
PSY355 Applied Psychology CO PSY353 Abnormal Psychology CO    
IND120 Indigenous People, Society and Culture CO PSY340 Behavioural Therapies CO    
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE    

Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 Note: There is no advantage to summer semester enrolment as it will still require three years to complete the WPSYS1. Students can complete general electives in summer semester but this will not reduce the completion time.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
        CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
        Elective E
        Elective E
Year 2
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B CO    
IND150 Colonising Australia CO PSY245 Cognition and Language CO    
IND120 Indigenous People, Society and Culture CO PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO    
PSY115 Psychological Skills CO Specialist elective SE    
Year 3
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis CO PSY347 Advanced Research Design and Analysis CO    
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour CO PSY353 Abnormal Psychology CO    
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology CO PSY340 Behavioural Therapies CO    
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective or Elective SE/E    
Year 4
PSY305 Theories of Personality CO        
PSY355 Applied Psychology CO        
Specialist elective SE        
Specialist elective or Elective SE/E        


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