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Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))

  • H1257BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS

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Title Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Course Code H1257
Study Level Bachelor's Honours (Undergraduate)
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
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Academic Chair: Dr Jon Prince | Email: J.Prince@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6670

Qualification Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Psychology
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The aim of Honours is to extend the students' grasp of the principles and practice of their subject, and to develop their ability to conduct independent research.

The Honours course provides units in research design and the opportunity to carry out a piece of empirical research under supervision. The thesis and poster reporting the empirical research represent more than half of the (Honours) fourth year work.

An Honours qualification of 2A (or suitable equivalent) is normally required for admission to higher research degree study.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of a Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) with a major in psychology with a 3.0 GPA in Psychology units; subject to availability of supervisors and approval by the Academic Chair of the Honours program.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Apply Online Applications can be made online at http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/OnlineApplicationsHonours
Course Learning Outcomes The main objectives of the Honours in Psychology course are to provide for the completion of an integrated and comprehensive education in the discipline of psychology, to permit advanced level study in a range of areas, and to develop competence in conducting research. As an Honours graduate you will refine your ability to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are skills that are critical across a range of industries and professions. You will also be equipped to pursue further study in psychology and related fields.

KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of all relevant parts of the psychology curriculum, including:
a) The theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation, and interpretation of some of the more widely used cognitive and personality assessments
b) The theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention
c) The influence of social, historical, professional, and cultural contexts on the science and practice of psychology
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will acquire a thorough grounding in the general theoretical, disciplinary, and ethical aspects of psychology with advanced coverage of research design and practice.
CLO 3 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will acquire a balanced and comprehensive appreciation of psychology from all major perspectives.

SKILLS
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will be able to carry out an individual and independent research project to a standard of publishable research in peer-reviewed psychology journals. This includes the ability to:
a) Develop a research question
b) Select an appropriate research design and methodology
c) Conduct an intensive empirical literature review
d) Collect, analyse, and interpret data
e) Report findings in a written and oral format
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will have the requisite skills to progress to postgraduate studies, for example masters and doctoral courses in clinical, organisational and counselling psychology, and the PhD.

APPLICATION
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to critique, design, and implement research to answer current and future questions about human behaviour and mental processes.
CLO 7 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will be well-prepared to work within ethical and legal frameworks of the profession of psychology.
CLO 8 - Graduates of the Honours in Psychology course will be able to work independently to sustain learning, personal and professional development.

In addition, students in this course will meet graduate attributes of Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited 4th-year psychology courses, see: https://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/standards-and-guidelines
Employment Prospects Psychology degrees will be of special interest not only to those desiring to enter the psychology profession but also to students envisaging employment and careers in fields which require a good understanding of human behaviour. Such careers may include health, education, ergonomics and human resource management.
Professional Recognition This is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Further Study Successful completion of the Honours course (or suitable equivalent) is required for admission to research degrees (i.e. Masters or PhD degrees).
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 - 24 credit points

Coursework - 9 credit points

PSY501 Psychology: Honours Seminar - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY598 Advanced Psychological Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY536 Psychology: Principles and Processes of Psychological Intervention - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Thesis - 15 credit points

PSY5099 BSc Honours Thesis in Psychology - 15 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal, W-internal, Y-internal

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