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Psychology (BA)

  • B1388BACHELOR OF ARTS (PSYCHOLOGY)

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Title Psychology (BA)
Course Code B1388
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes. At Murdoch, we teach the established basis of psychological knowledge and methods integrated with the latest developments in the field. Psychology encompasses many aspects of human behaviour from individual
differences in personality and intelligence, to emotions, motivations, memory, thought processes and interpersonal relationships. Psychology is also an applied discipline, aligned to a professional career as a 'psychologist'. A degree in psychology equips students with broad theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology as well as job-ready skills in analysis, writing, research, communication, and teamwork.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes. At Murdoch, we teach the established basis of psychological knowledge and methods integrated with the latest developments in the field. Psychology encompasses many aspects of human behaviour from individual
differences in personality and intelligence, to emotions, motivations, memory, thought processes and interpersonal relationships. Psychology is also an applied discipline, aligned to a professional career as a 'psychologist'. A degree in psychology equips students with broad theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology as well as job-ready skills in analysis, writing, research, communication, and teamwork.
The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) provides the option for students to undertake minors in related areas of study including criminal psychology, human resources, and ethics.
Major Learning Outcomes On completion of this course, students will:
1) demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts in psychology.
2) demonstrate knowledge of the major methods of investigation used in psychological research.
3) communicate psychological knowledge, adhering to current conventions within the discipline.
4) present a sustained argument that synthesises psychological research to address a topic.
5) critically evaluate arguments and empirical research in a psychological context.
6) design empirical studies to answer questions about human behaviour and mental processes.
7) demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal frameworks that apply to the profession of psychology.
8) independently conduct a literature search for a particular purpose.
Course Learning Outcomes On completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the discipline of psychology.
2) Communicate effectively to a range of audiences in written and oral formats.
3) Identify and apply strategies of enquiry appropriate to a range of questions.
4) Critically evaluate ideas, arguments, evidence, and processes of enquiry.
5) Apply knowledge and skills to practical problems.
6) Demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills.
7) Demonstrate awareness of ethical principles and social justice issues in the science and practice of psychology.
Employment Prospects Psychology will be of special interest to those wishing to enter the psychology profession and also to students envisaging a practical or academic career in such fields as management, human resources, marketing, law, criminology, media studies, etc.
Professional Recognition Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Spine Units: - 9 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

OR

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

OR

PSY380 Psychology: Psychological Research Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, S1-placement, S2-placement, Y-placement

Course Core - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

BBS100 Academic Skills for Business - 3 points

OR
Not available this year

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

COM100 Thinking Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Major - 36 credit points

MJ-PSC: Psychology Major

Core Units - 33 credit points

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY101 Introduction to Cultural Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY251 Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY285 Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY286 Psychology: Human Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY294 Psychology: Cognitive Processes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY388 Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY391 Psychology: Individual Differences and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

PSY392 Psychology: Family Relations and Social Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY396 Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Options - 24 credit points

Recommended Co-Major: CJ-PSYS Psychological Studies - 18 credit points

AND / OR

Recommended General Electives:

EXS201 Sport and Exercise Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS301 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY287 Psychology: Evolved Social Cognition - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY297 Psychology: Sensation and Perception - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY380 Psychology: Psychological Research Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, S1-placement, S2-placement, Y-placement

PSY389 Psychology: Drugs and Dependence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY392 Psychology: Family Relations and Social Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY393 Psychology: The Developing Mind - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY396 Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

B1388_BA Psychology_S12020.pdf

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