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CF59 - Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

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

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will have broad knowledge of the discipline of psychology and its applications, including major theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, they will have knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the scientific discipline of psychology and the research methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. They will be able to apply that knowledge when undertaking research activities.

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 Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BSc(Psyc)
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

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 - 2023

Online

Term 2 - 2023

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2023

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2022

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2022

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2021

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2015

Distance

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2014

Distance

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2023

Online

Term 2 - 2023

Adelaide
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2023

Adelaide
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2022

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Bundaberg
Online

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online

Term 3 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

English (4,SA)

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

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some courses.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 116
2020 102
2019 78
2018 87
2017 96
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

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 accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual’s/group’s diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and use an ethical decision making model to take responsibility to ethically resolve dilemmas.
  • If undertaking research, preparing an application for the university ethics committee to conduct a research study.


Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with potentially emotionally label people in a wide range of professional environments.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from those of others (e.g., colleagues, clients, research participants).


Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation, mandatory reporting requirements and any other notifiable concern to your field placement supervisor.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with AHPRA or Australian Psychological Society (APS).
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with university and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • If undertaking research, complying with the legal stipulations contained within an approved ethics application when conducting research with humans or animals.


Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating your professional psychology practice knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Framing and leading discussion with clients and/or research participants to collect information and provide instruction.
  • Discussing a client’s progress with other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions; eye contact, being mindful of personal space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues that indicate a change in the emotional state of a client.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar, punctuation and correct referencing to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and professional requirements.
  • Where part of your course, preparing a document based on a body of research conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system (e.g., Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X).
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information applicable to your course of study.


Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and perform professional skills within reasonable set time frames.
  • Where part of your course, successfully conducting an independent research project that incorporates the cognitive knowledge and skills gained from the course and is appropriate for a psychology graduate.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions associated with the referencing format used by the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences (e.g., American Psychological Association [APA]).
  • Producing contextually appropriate text which meets professional and legal requirements.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to clients and/or research participants, as well as convey a spoken message accurately and effectively in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying accurate mathematical knowledge and skills to score and interpret psychological test data.
  • Applying research methodologies in a variety of research contexts.
  • Conducting and interpreting statistical analysis using software such as SPSS, Nvivo, or R.


Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Rapidly building rapport with people from all walks of life, as well as with colleagues and/or research participants and/or clients in the professional context.
  • Maintaining positive working relationships when under stressful circumstances.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all contexts.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions, outside one's scope or expertise, and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Reflecting on situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
  • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Maintaining the appropriate level of commitment to coursework tasks, and actively participate in activities related to the course, including group work.
  • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Remain focused and perform consistently during tasks.
  • Being aware of and managing your own workloads and personal commitments outside of university to ensure sustainable performance of course requirements.
  • Being aware of and managing your own stress and/or anxieties so that sustainable performance can be ensured within course requirements.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology
  • 2. Apply knowledge 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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 24 Total credit points: 144

For those without a first degree, to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) you must obtain credit for a total of 24 courses/144 units of credit in accordance with the following:

  • 1. At least 72 units of credit (12 courses) shall be in Psychology chosen from the courses tab. The remaining 72 units of credit (12 courses) may be in any other discipline or disciplines.
  • 2. Psychology courses undertaken shall include 12 units of credit (2 courses) at Level 1, 24 units of credit (4 courses) at Level 2 and 36 units of credit (6 courses) at Level 3 - of whichPSYC13015,PSYC13017andPSYC13020are compulsory.
  • 3. Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non eligibility to graduate.

Those who hold a first degree from a recognised university may be granted credit for prior study, in which case in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) you must obtain credit for a total of 72 units of credit (12 courses) including PSYC12047 and PSYC12048 (see course details) in accordance with the following:

 

1.  at least 36 units of credit (6 courses) must be at Level 3 and include PSYC13015PSYC13017 and PSYC13020; and

2.  except with the approval of the Head of Program, all course prerequisites in psychology shall be satisfied. The normal pattern of enrolment is 12 units of credit (2 courses) at first level, 24 units of credit (4 courses) at second level, and 36 units of credit (6 courses) at third level.

Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non-eligibility to graduate.

  

Level 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology

Level 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC12048 Research Methods

Level 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
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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.