Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code018299F
Deakin course codeH344

Course structure applies for students who commence in 2012. Students who commenced prior to 2012 should refer to the 2011 course handbook entry or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Psychology is concerned with understanding human behaviour and underlying mental processes. In the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) you will be exposed to a contemporary integrative approach to this understanding, one that recognizes the importance of, and interrelationships between, biological, developmental, social, cognitive, and developmental factors. In undertaking this course of study you will cover broad areas of psychology including behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopathology.

Professional recognition

Registration as a psychologist

The current requirements in Victoria for registration as a psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study in psychology in a course recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).  Two years of supervised practice are required in addition to the four-year academic program. The study in psychology may consist either of an approved four-year undergraduate sequence including an Honours year, or an approved three-year undergraduate sequence followed by an approved fourth year of study (such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychology or an Honours year in Psychology).

The psychology sequence offered by Deakin University is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The professional society (Australian Psychological Society) recognises the psychology Honours year and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology for APS membership purposes.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) consists of 24 credit points, of which at least 12 must be Psychology (i.e., ‘HPS’) units.  

 

At level 1, two Psychology units, HPS111 and HPS121, and three foundation health units, HBS107, HBS108 and HBS110, are compulsory.  

 

At level 2, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, and HPS205 are compulsory.  

 

At level 3, HPS301, HPS307 and HPS308 are compulsory, and an additional two level-3 HPS elective units must also be completed.  

 

In summary, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) students must complete two Psychology (HPS) units at level 1, five at level 2, and five at level 3.  

 

No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1, and a maximum of 8 credit points may be taken outside the Faculty of Health.

 

Students may choose to accelerate their progress through the course by selecting from the following units that are offered additionally in Trimester 3: HBS110, HBS107, HBS108, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS204, HPS205, HPS206, HPS307 and HPS309.  

 

Following completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), students intending to become psychologists must successfully apply for and complete a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. 

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HPS111Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS107Unit description is currently unavailable

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS121Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS108Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS110Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one elective unit

Level 2
Trimester 1
HPS203Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS204Unit description is currently unavailable

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS201Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS202Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS205Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one elective unit

 
Level 3
Trimester 1

HPS301Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS307Unit description is currently unavailable

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS308Unit description is currently unavailable

plus three elective units

Elective units

Two of the 11 elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below.

Trimester 1
HPS302Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS395Unit description is currently unavailable


Trimester 2

HPS303Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS304Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS309Unit description is currently unavailable

 

The remaining nine electives may include other psychology units such as:

HPS206Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY201Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY210Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY310Unit description is currently unavailable

or

students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.

 

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