Bachelor of Psychological Science (Exit Award Only)

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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1st Sep 2015 2:31pm

Program Code

11698

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

This program is available to students who have completed all 1000, 2000 3000 level courses of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) and wish to graduate with the three year BPsycSc. A Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with psychological insights about human nature which are both interesting and relevant to everyday life.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

  • Students currently in the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) 4 year programs who elect to exit their degree with an accredited 3 year degree may contact the relevant Program Advisor to request to exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science award.
  • Students do not meet the academic requirements for progress to the 4th year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) will graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438


Credit Transfer

This program is an exit award only. Credit is applicable only upon exit from the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).


Professional Recognition

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

This program is accredited as a three year undergraduate program with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). While the degree award is for those students who do wish to pursue a career other than psychology, graduates who have a credit average are eligible to apply for a 4th year of psychology such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychology at some future time. Graduates with a Bachelor of Psychological Science will have completed a three year accredited sequence. Please note that an accredited 4th year is required for Bachelor of Psychological Science graduates who might consider seeking provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The requirements and structure of the program are identical to the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psycholgy (Honours) (Program Code 12362) programs. Please refer to the program handbook for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) for further details.http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-psychology-honours/handbook


Transition Arrangements

From 2015 there will be no new intake in the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) as this program has been replaced by the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362). Where appropriate, students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology program will be transitioned to the new Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.

From 2015, students who transfer to the new Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program may qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science under the new program structure.

From 2015, students who remain enrolled in the previous Bachelor of Psychology program may also qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science under the program structure in which they enrolled.

Please consult with your Program Advisor if you wish to exit the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) with the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

The program was reviewed and changes were made to the degree for 2012.  - Students who commenced the B Psychology program prior to 2012 can qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science as per program rules prior to 2012, or as per the 2012 revised program rules. 

  • Students who commence the Bachelor of Psychology students from 2012 can qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science but must adhere to the revised 2012 program rules.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

PHIL1060Intro to Philosophy of Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Distance)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1200Pre-Professional Psychology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2200Pre-Professional Psychology II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2500Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3200Pre-Professional Psychology III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3400Advanced Biological PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
PSYC3500Advanced Health Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present a competent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
  • Use well developed cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
  • Work collaboratively in psychological research projects applying competent intellectual and research abilities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
  • Demonstrate developing knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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