CC43 - Bachelor of Psychological Science

Overview

Optional Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend an optional Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to give a comprehensive overview of the discipline of Psychology. By the completion of the course, students will have developed a broad knowledge of psychology and its applications, including theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, they will have a demonstrable knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the discipline and an understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. Students will be able to apply this knowledge when undertaking research activities in the core areas of scientific study and as a part of their Level 3 studies, students will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology, developing an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice.

Students who complete this course with a GPA of 5.5 or above based on their level 2 and level 3 core and elective psychology units will be offered a place on our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course which will prepare them for conditional registration as psychologists in Australia and for coursework and/or for research higher degree studies in psychology. Those who do not wish to follow these routes will have the opportunity to graduate with a highly marketable qualification that is universally acknowledged as indication of competence and achievement in understanding human thought and behaviour that can be applied in a variety of people-oriented vocations.

Students who have successfully completed the first year of the course, but do not wish to continue in the course may request to graduate with a Diploma in Behavioural Science.

Career Information

Not everyone with a psychology degree goes on to work as a registered psychologist. People with a psychology degree are employed in a wide and diverse range of areas including (but not limited to) youth work, disability, rehabilitation, mental health, career counselling, social work, human resources, management, counselling, child development, education, forensic, health and coaching.

 

Graduating with this degree will not allow you to call yourself a 'psychologist'. This requires further study involving an honours degree (such as our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)- CC42), and then an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway (for more details see http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx).

 

Adding a fourth year of study will also prepare you for research higher degree studies in psychology (either Masters by Research, or a Doctor of Philosophy). These pathways involve undertaking a unique supervised research project that provide you with the opportunity to develop and consolidate your research skills, and apply them in practical, real-world settings.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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) BPsychSci
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Cairns - 820521
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 850521
  • QLD - Distance - 850525
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 810521
  • SA - Adelaide - 5C4004
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110351 
  • NSW - Distance - 160531
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 084516K
  • BDG - 084516K
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2018

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
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Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2015

Distance

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg

Term 3 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance

Term 3 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
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Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
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Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
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Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
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Term 3 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is designed for those who wish to take an APAC accredited first degree in Psychology. The degree is highly valued in its own right by employers in a wide range of industry and commerce and services, but for those who wish to go on to become registered psychologists, this degree provides entry requirements for an accredited fourth year course in psychology such as the CQUniversity Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Domestic students

O/P score Prerequisites: English (4, SA)

International students should visit www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information including English language requirements.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

None

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CV71 - Diploma of Behavioural Science
Professional Accreditation
The CQUniversity Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are qualified to apply for an APAC accredited 4th year honours course in Psychology.
Learned Society Accreditiation

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency

Psychology Board of Australia

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School Optional residential school for PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 651
2017 627
2016 618
2015 493
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology
  • 2. Apply knowledge of psychological phenomena in a variety of contexts, including the levels of individuals, groups and organisations
  • 3. Apply a methodical-rational/scientific approach to the solution of research problems through the use of appropriate research methods and statistical analyses in a variety of contexts
  • 4. Communicate effectively through written reports, essays, group work and oral presentations, demonstrating the ability to construct coherent, persuasive and well supported arguments that draw together independent strands
  • 5. Evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims while showing an awareness of ethical, professional and social responsibility and an understanding of indigenous, social and cultural diversity in the interpretation of findings
  • 6. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, evidenced by reflection on personal and professional development through self-assessment of abilities, achievements and motivation.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96

Students who intend to apply for registration with the Psychologists Registration Board must be aware that they will be required to commence an Honours level qualification in psychology within 10 years of completion of their 3 year accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Computing Requirements

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 broadband connection or higher in order to access online student resources that would include, but not limited to, e-mail, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 24 units/144 units of credit in accordance with the following:

  • a minimum of 96 units of credit (16 units) in psychology, including:

o 24 psychology units of credit (4 units) at level one;

o a minimum of 30 psychology units of credit (5 units) at Level two, including PSYC12047 and PSYC12048;

o a minimum of 36 psychology units of credit (6 units) at Level three, including PSYC13015, PSYC13017 and PSYC13020;

o a total of 72 units of credit (12 units) at Level two and three psychology combined

  • Up to 8 elective units (48 units of credit)

N.B. If a student takes only the minimum 5 psychology units at level 2, they must take 7 units at level 3 in order to make the full load of 12 psychology units at Level 2 and 3.

Except with the approval of the Head of Course, all students must satisfy all unit prerequisites shown on the Unit in the Handbook.

After completing three years of full-time studies or equivalent within this course, students who have satisfied the above criteria for the first three levels (including the required electives) and have a GPA of 5.5 or above for Level 2 and Level 3 core and elective psychology units, will have the option to enrol in our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) course. For the purposes of entry into Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course, calculation of GPA will be based on the best 12 accredited psychology units at Level 2 and Level 3 (adhering to the requirements outlined above regarding number at 2nd and 3rd year and compulsory units). This offer applies only for enrolment in the academic year following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and students must register their intention to enrol within three to four weeks of certification of Term 2 grades.

Those eligible students who do not take up the offer will need to apply for a competitive place for enrolment in future years.

Compulsory Core Psychology Units

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11012 Foundations of Psychological Research
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11011 Current Trends in Psychology
PSYC12048 Research Methods
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment

Level Two Units

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology

Level Three Units

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
PSYC13021 Forensic Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology

NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 72 units of credit (12 units) at Level two and three as detailed above, students must undertake 1 additional unit from the Level 2 or Level 3 unit options as listed above.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

Students undertake further study in 8 elective units (48 units of credit). Elective units may be chosen from the additional psychology units provided in this course or any undergraduate 6 credit point unit from CQUniversity provided prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met.

More Details

Credit transfer

Credit transfers for Level 2 and 3 units in psychology will only be granted where the units which form the basis of the credit application have been taken as part of a course of study in psychology offered by an APAC accredited academic organisational unit.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Computing Requirements

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.


Suggested Electives

 

To assist you with your elective selections, please view this list of suggested electives.