Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Psychological Science
Campus

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)

Or

Offered at Deakin Learning Centres

> Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
> Hume Global Learning Centre-Craigieburn
> Werribee Learning Centre

Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079316E
Deakin course codeH344

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards.

Students who commenced in 2014 and 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Psychology is concerned with understanding human personality, behaviour, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead people to differ in the way they think and behave. In the Bachelor of Psychological Science you will be exposed to a contemporary integrative approach to psychology, one that recognises 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.

An undergraduate major sequence in psychology is also available to students enrolled in the following degrees: H345 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences, D387 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science, D391 Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), D390 Bachelor of Criminology /Bachelor of Psychological Science.


Work-Integrated Learning

As part of this course, you will also be given the opportunity to undertake preparation for work and work placement elective units as well as elective units designed to develop your counselling skills.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration by the Psychology Board of Australia, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.


Registration as a Psychologist

The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence – such as Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science – followed by an approved fourth-year of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology).

Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Psychology major sequence in other degrees

In addition to the Bachelor of Psychological Science, psychology may be studied as a three-year major sequence in any of the following degrees: Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or Bachelor of Management.

Students intending to become psychologists, however, must take four years of academic study (three years of undergraduate study, including ten units of psychology, plus either a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology).

The 10-credit-point undergraduate Psychology sequence consists of two units at level 1, HPS111 and HPS121; five units at level 2, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203 and HPS204; plus four units at level 3, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310.

Students may also choose to take a limited sequence in psychology of 6 or 8 credit points (depending on the requirements of their course). These sequences are designed as terminal studies in psychology to complement other studies within an award. They do not meet the 10-credit-point requirement for entry into fourth-year studies in psychology; nor will they lead to professional qualifications in psychology. However, these requirements may be met by completing additional psychology units, either as single-unit enrolments or via the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies.

The 6 or 8-credit-point sequences consist of two units at level one, HPS111 and HPS121; two or three units at level 2, selected from HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS207 and HPS226; and two or three units at level 3, selected from HPS301, HPS302, HPS304, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310, HPS325, HPS327, HPS328 and HPS395. Students wishing to take alternative psychology units must seek approval from the School of Psychology .

For details of the campus on which the unit is offered, please refer to the Unit Descriptions section of the Handbook. Cloud (online) students may apply to enrol in campus units. The fourth-year programs, however, are only available in campus mode. Students studying in both campus and cloud (online) modes may apply for entry to either the Honours or Graduate Diploma of Psychology programs.  

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$7,066Not applicable$28,520

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Psychological Science 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, HPS104 and HBS110, are compulsory.  

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

At level 3, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310 are compulsory, and an additional two level 3 HPS electives or one level 3 HPS and 1 level-3 HXX and one level 2 or level 3 HPS elective must also be completed.  

In summary, Bachelor of Psychological Science students must complete two Psychology (HPS) units at level 1, four at level 2, six at level 3 and one at level 2 or level 3.  

No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1 and students must complete a minimum of 7 credit points at each level. A maximum of 8 credit points (electives) 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 normally offered in Trimester 3: HBS110, HBS107, HPS104, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310.  

Following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science 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

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HBS107Understanding Health

HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science

plus one level 1 elective unit

Trimester 2

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HBS110Health Behaviour

plus two level 1 elective units

Level 2
Trimester 1

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

plus two level 2 elective units

Trimester 2

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one level 2 elective unit

Level 3
Trimester 1

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour

plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit and one level 3 elective unit

Trimester 2

HPS307Personality

HPS308Psychopathology

plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit OR one level 3 health elective unit
AND
one level 3 elective unit


Elective units

Three of the 11 elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below - one from level 2 or level 3 and two from level 3.

Trimester 1

HPS226Health Psychology

HPS207Preparing for Employment

HPS302Pathways Through Adulthood

HPS327Research Methods Capstone

Trimester 2

HPS206Psychology in the Criminal Justice System

HPS304The Social Psychology of Relationships

HPS325Addiction

HPS328Transitioning to Work

HPS395Cognitive Neuroscience

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

HPY210Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change

HPY310Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

or
students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.