Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2018 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)|
This course map is for new students commencing from 2018.
If you require a copy of an older course map, please contact Health Student and Academic Services.
Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
|Duration||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||022551J|
|Deakin course code||H451|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.|
- Course overview
- Indicative student workload
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
An honours year in psychology is useful for both those pursuing a career as a psychologist, and those preparing for postgraduate study.
During the honours year, students who have previously completed a relevant undergraduate degree learn a range of psychological assessment methods, plus get an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework. The research and analytical skills you develop in your honours year will strengthen the quality of your research projects, and become indispensable tools in your future career.
Possible career options include work in mental and general hospitals and clinics, business and industry, education, the criminal justice system, media, marketing, sport and research. If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings including clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, sport and many other specialist areas.
This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). As a graduate you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and for entry to APAC accredited Master or Doctoral level training programs that lead to registration as a psychologist.
Indicative student workload
You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree
This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate understanding of advanced knowledge (theoretical, empirical and practical) in the areas of psychological assessment, counselling, advanced research methods and research practice.
Demonstrate clear written and oral communication skills in order to convey complex psychological knowledge and ideas to laypeople and professionals.
Apply advanced skills to select appropriate digital tools to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate discipline specific information in psychology to a variety of audiences relevant to pre-professional practice of psychology.
Competence in the design and conduct of research, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate complex scientific evidence, and apply this knowledge to assessment, counselling and case management that demonstrate evidence-based pre-professional practice in the field of psychology.
Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to research and applied skills (psychological assessment, counselling and case-management) in the field of psychology.
Display high level self-management through reflection, continual improvement and learning that reinforces the importance of responsibility and accountability for pre-professional development in the field of psychology.
Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and teams.
Demonstrate, report and apply ethical principles to understand how to work productively in the field of psychology within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.
To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points.
Psychology Honours consists of two components: coursework and a thesis.
The coursework component (consisting of classes and seminars) contributes 50% to the final grade of Honours awarded. As required by the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, the coursework covers:
- research methods;
- professional, conceptual and ethical issues in the science and practice of psychology;
- issues in psychological assessment; and
- counselling and interpersonal skills.
The thesis component (see HPS427 and HPS428) contributes 50% to the final grade of honours awarded. The thesis is a write-up (current length approximately 9000 words) of an individual research project based on an original piece of empirical research. A range of types of data (qualitative, quantitative, subjective, objective) and a range of data-collection settings and methodologies can be used as the basis of the thesis component.
The thesis is submitted in two parts:
- a 4000 word literature review submitted mid-year and
- a 5000-word report on the empirical component submitted in October.
The literature review and empirical report section of the thesis typically contribute 15% and 35% respectively to the final mark for the thesis component. Both sections are marked by two independent markers.
Attendance and presentation at the annual School Fourth Year Conference is a hurdle requirement. Students enrolled in the CLOUD online mode have the option to attend or undertake an alternative assessment.
|HPS425||Honours in Psychology Part A|
|HPS427||Honours in Psychology Part C|
|HPS426||Honours in Psychology Part B|
|HPS428||Honours in Psychology Part D|
Other course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.