Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Psychology explores the science of the mind and human nature. You'll examine mental states and processes and how they affect human behaviour. You'll gain strong theoretical and practical skills. The program is the basis for further study if you want to become a practising psychologist or use your study in other careers. Your studies will include the biological bases of behaviour including brain behaviour relationships, sensation, perception and consciousness, theories of learning, memory and cognition emotion, motivation and stress. The course includes a research project where you work one-on-one with staff on staff-initiated research projects. You'll also have the option of completing a 15-day industry placement. The psychology component of the degree is 25% of first year, 62.5% of second year and 62.5% of third year. Elective subjects may include information technology, nutrition, applied psychology, health statistics and computer science amongst others.
- Year 1 - You'll study these foundation areas: biological bases of behaviour including brain behaviour relationships, sensation, perception and consciousness
- theories of learning, memory and cognition (including theories of intelligence)
- theories of emotion, motivation and stress You will also study these principles of psychology: personality, psychopathology. social psychology Year 2 - You'll study biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods in psychology and social psychology. Year 3 - The third year includes philosophy and methodology of psychology, psychological assessment and individual differences, psychology in society and organisations, psychopathology and models of intervention, and a research project. Australian Psychology Accreditation Council elective examples: Cross-cultural and Organisational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Psychology of Gender
- Health and Sport Psychology
- Behavioural science, Consumer behaviour, Psychology (biological), Psychology (cognitive), Psychology (developmental), Psychology (personality), Psychology (social).
Standard entry requirements
- Current Year 12 prerequisites - units 1 and 2 - Mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Geography, Mathematics (any) or Science (any)
- And a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).
The psychology major in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) is a partial requirement for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. It is also a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, subject to further study or clinical practice. This program has been accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), you may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours). Degree graduates in another discipline who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours).
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The type of careers this qualification leads to may include organisational management, health, sport, cross-cultural studies, counselling, HR, working with people with disabilities, research, training, market research and with further study, teaching.