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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

The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive overview of the discipline of psychology and its applications, including theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, you will have 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. You 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.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a highly marketable qualification. This course is universally acknowledged as an indication of competence and achievement in understanding human thought and behaviour that can be applied in a variety of people-oriented vocations. Graduating with this qualification, however, will not allow you to call yourself a 'psychologist'. This requires further study involving an honours course (4th year of study) and then an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway.

Successful completion of an accredited three-year psychology sequence of study will mean you are eligible to apply for a competitive entry position in the 4th year of study through our honours course (CC42). This fourth year of study will prepare you for either the coursework necessary for conditional registration as a psychologist in Australia and/or research higher degree studies in psychology.

Note: This course is designed for students with an existing Bachelor Degree and wish to obtain an accredited three-year psychology sequence. If you do not have an existing degree, you will need to enrol in CC43 Bachelor of Psychological 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) 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 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
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

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

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 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 3 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 3 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

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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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 Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or equivalent.

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements
None.
Health Requirements
None.
Assumed Knowledge

None.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

APAC accreditation has been granted for recognition of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) as a three year undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School There is a compulsory residential school for the elective unit PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 60
2018 87
2017 96
2016 99
2015 93
Inherent 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

Graduating with this degree will not allow you to call yourself a 'psychologist'. This requires further study involving an honours degree (4th year of study), and then an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway.

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 e-mail 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 obtain a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) you must obtain credit for a total of 12 units/72 units of credit in accordance with the following:

  • Psychology units undertaken shall include 12 units of credit (2 units) at Level 1, at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 2 and at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 3 - of which PSYC12047, PSYC12048, PSYC13015, PSYC13017 and PSYC13020 are compulsory.
  • In years 2 and 3 combined, you must undertake at least 60 units of credit (10 units) in Psychology
  • Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non eligibility to graduate.

Credit for prior completed Bachelor level study of 72 units of credit (12 units) will be provided.

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 2 from the following units:
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC12048 Research Methods

Level 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment
Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13021 Forensic Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
PSYC13025 Applied Sports Psychology
PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology

NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 60 units of credit (10 units) at Level two and three as detailed above, students must undertake 2 additional units from the Level 2 or Level 3 unit options as listed above.

More Details

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.