The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who have completed an accredited three year course in psychology that includes a level 3 statistics unit, and who wish to complete an accredited fourth year in psychology and become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in an Australian State or Territory. In the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), students will undertake 48 units of credit to satisfy the requirements of the award. Students will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology as well as professional ethics and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice. Students will also undertake advanced research training, and have the opportunity to conduct their own original piece of research that may in some cases lead to publication in a professional journal.
Psychologists are employed in a wide and diverse range of areas including clinical work, counselling, neuropsychology, child development, education, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research. The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are employed by government departments and agencies. By successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will become eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. From there, you will be able to apply for admission onto further specialist units in order to train for work in a particular field of Psychology.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BPsychSc (Honours)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||There is a compulsory residential school for Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology. Other units offer optional residential schools.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding|
|5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|Number of units: 6||Total credit points: 48|
Students who intend to apply for registration with the Psychologists Registration Board must be aware that they will be required to commence this Honours level qualification in psychology within 10 years of completion of their accredited 3 year undergraduate degree in Psychology.
|Year 1 - Term 1|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC14051||Psychology Research Project A|
|PSYC14047||Advanced Data Analysis|
|PSYC14050||Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology|
|Year 1 - Term 2|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC14052||Psychology Research Project B|
|PSYC14049||Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies|
|PSYC14048||Advanced Psychological Assessment|
Applications for Term 1 2021 intake have an early closing date of 31 October 2020.
Successful applicants must take up their place for the year and term for which it is offered. If your application is successful and you are not able to take up the place offered, your place will not be held open and you will need to re-apply competitively for a place starting in any subsequent year or term.
When a mid-year intake is available, intakes at Term 1 and Term 2 are considered as separate and independent streams. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 1 must follow the sequence of Term 1 followed by Term 2 study. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 2 must follow the sequence of Term 2 followed by Term 3 study and there can be no switching between streams.
Students commencing the course in Term 2 can study either full-time or part-time.
Students commencing the course in Term 1 can study either full-time or part-time.
Credit transfers are not granted for Level 4 units.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.