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Bachelor of Psychology

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Psychology
LevelUndergraduate
Deakin course code H345

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

Course available to local students only.

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 Psychology 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.

 

The Bachelor of Psychology is designed to enable students to complete a four year sequence in psychology that complies with requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and also for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

It is comprised of the three-year undergraduate major sequence in psychology and the fourth year Honours program in psychology which are currently offered separately. Due to the stringent requirements of entry to an Honours year and the requirements for registration, students who do not attain the progression standards will exit with a three-year award, the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

An undergraduate major in psychology is also available to students enrolled in the following degrees: H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science, H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences, D387 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science, and 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 an internship in psychology as well as develop your counselling skills through a suite of elective units offered by the School of Psychology

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Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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Career opportunities

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) you will be well prepared for employment in a wide range of areas relevant to human wellbeing, such as social work, youth work, careers counselling, work/life counselling, developmental psychology, research psychology, or mental health rehabilitation.


Depending on your chosen area and level of further study, you will be able to work in a variety of settings, including specialist areas of psychology practice, such as clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, sport and many others. The contexts in which you work may include hospitals, business organisations, schools, universities, government agencies, community sporting groups, various research groups or in private practice.

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Course rules

The course comprises 32 one credit point units including a minimum of 20 psychology (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 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 normally offered in Trimester 3: HBS110, HBS107, HBS108, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307 and HPS308.

 

Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course (i.e., at the completion of 24 credits), students will be considered for progression to the level-4 ‘honours’ year of the course. There is a quota on honours places and successful applicants must achieve at least a mid-credit (65%) for Research Methods B and a sufficient mark for their remaining level-2 and level-3 psychology units (an indicative ‘minimum mark’ is advertised each year based on the previous year’s competition for places). Failure to achieve an honours place results in an alternative exit from H345 with course H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science. Such students may apply for a fee-paying alternative to honours: course H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Students who do not wish to complete the honours year may also opt for this alternative exit.

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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour  

HBS107 Understanding Health  

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development  

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1
HPS203 Understanding the Mind  

HPS204 Introduction to Social Psychology  

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A  

HPS202 Child and Adolescent Development  

HPS205 Behavioural Neuroscience  

plus one elective

 

Level 3
Trimester 1

HPS301 Research Methods in Psychology B  

HPS307 Personality  

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS308 Psychopathology  

plus three elective units

Elective units
A minimum of two third-level elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below.


Trimester 1

HPS302 Pathways Through Adulthood  

HPS395 Clinical Neuroscience  


Trimester 2

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  

HPY201 Psychology Internship  

HPY210 Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change  

HPY310 Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change  

 

or students may choose to take complimentary studies in other disciplines

 

Level 4
Trimester 1

HPS425 Honours in Psychology Part A  

HPS427 Honours in Psychology Part C  


Trimester 2

HPS426 Honours in Psychology Part B  

HPS428 Honours in Psychology Part D  


The four units HPS425, HPS426, HPS427, HPS428 comprise the honours sequence in psychology. All four parts must be successfully completed before a result will be obtained. 8 credit points will be achieved at the end of the sequence.

Total coursework weighting at fourth level is 50%. The research thesis at fourth level is completed across the entire level and accounts for 50% of the total weighting. Attendance and presentation at the annual School Honours Conference and attendance at the weekly School Research Colloquia are hurdle requirements.

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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 (PBA). The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence 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 (PBA) and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology can lead directly to provisional registration provided the honours year is completed within this four-year course.


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).

 

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8th June 2007