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|Award granted||Bachelor of Psychological Science|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2014||No fees defined|
|Faculty contacts||Health - Student and Academic Services|
Tel 03 9251 7777
|CRICOS course code||079316E|
|VTAC Codes||1400314231 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514231 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614231 - Burwood (Melbourne) - off campus, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714231 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||H344|
Dandenong students must enrol in course code H344D
Craigieburn students must enrol in course code H344C
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2014 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2014 should refer to the 2012 course handbook entry or consult your course enrolment officer.
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, 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.
As part of this course, you will also be given the opportunity to undertake an internship in psychology as well as develop your counselling skills through a suite of elective units offered by the School of Psychology.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.
As a graduate of this course you will have developed the knowledge and skills that make you highly employable across an array of stimulating employment settings. You may find work in schools and education settings, or in a variety of businesses, delivering employee assistance programs or training. Increasingly, opportunities are available in commerce and industry such as human resources, business and management.
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. The contexts in which you work may include private practice, hospitals, business organisations, schools, universities, government agencies, community sport groups and various research groups.
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, 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 Psychological Science 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 normally offered in Trimester 3: HBS110, HBS107, HBS108, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS204, HPS205, HPS206 and HPS307.
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.
|HPS111||Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour|
|HPS121||Psychology B: Individual and Social Development|
|HBS108||Health Information and Data|
|HPS203||Understanding the Mind|
|HPS204||Introduction to Social Psychology|
|HPS201||Research Methods in Psychology A|
|HPS202||Child and Adolescent Development|
plus one elective unit
|HPS301||Research Methods in Psychology B|
|HPS302||Pathways Through Adulthood|
|HPS303||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HPS304||The Social Psychology of Relationships|
The remaining nine electives may include other psychology units such as:
|HPS206||Psychology in the Criminal Justice System|
|HPY210||Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change|
|HPY310||Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change|
students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.
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 Applied Science (Psychology) – 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).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.