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Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) (BSc)


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Title Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) (BSc)
Course Code B1339
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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.
The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) provides the option for students to undertake
minors in related areas of study including biomedical science, applied statistics,
forensic biology).'
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes On completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the discipline of
2) Communicate effectively to a range of audiences in written and oral
3) Identify and apply strategies of enquiry appropriate to a range of
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 This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Currently, one additional year of study in psychology is necessary to achieve the
minimum 4-year academic qualification standard for provisional registration as a
psychologist in Australia, recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. From
July 1 2022, two additional years of study in psychology will be required for
provisional registration.
Professional Accreditation Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Main research areas Psychology
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

Required Units - 6 credit points

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

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

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

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


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

Course Core - 3 credit points

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

Major - 36 credit points

MJ-PSC: Psychology Major

Options - 24 credit points

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


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

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

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

PSY382 Psychology of Ageing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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

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