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Diploma of Psychological Studies


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Title Diploma of Psychological Studies
Course Code A1003
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch University Dubai (UAE) ['DUBAI-ISC'] (internal) (language of instruction: English)
Description The Diploma of Psychological Studies is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology in a supportive, student-centred learning environment. It will prepare students for further study or for an entry level professional career. Students will explore a broad range of subject areas relating to psychology as practice, study and science. They will have a better understanding of career planning and management, as well as develop literacy skills that will enhance their academic and professional communication and language capabilities. The knowledge and skills gained through completing the Diploma will be directly transferable to either entry-level employment/work settings and/or to further learning in an academic setting.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Successful completion of Year 12 with minimum ATAR of 50 or Foundation Program or AQF Certificate IV

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5) TOEFL Ibt 60 (no band less than 18) PTE 46 (writing no less than 46)
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings Successful completion of GCE A levels with 2 passes (E or better)
International Baccalaureate - Aggregate score of 21 or above
Other - successful completion of one of the following:
· A recognised post-secondary (post high school course);
· University preparation (foundation) studies;
· One year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institute;
· 2 units competed at an Australian University or Open University Australia (OUA).
Full list of country specific academic entry requirements can be provided.
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5) TOEFL Ibt 60 (no band less than 18) PTE 46 (writing no less than 46)
Course Learning Outcomes After completing the Diploma of Psychological Studies students will be able to:
1. produce oral and written work to effectively communicate ideas and knowledge in English in an academic and workplace context;
2. plan, develop and manage personal career aspirations and goals and use tools to effectively showcase capabilities;
3. discuss contemporary psychology, including human behaviour, emotion and thought, using scientific methods;
4. explain impact of cultural contexts/factors on one's own beliefs and values, and on the psychological and behavioural tendencies of others;
5. explain how psychologists conduct research in order to answer psychological questions;
6. demonstrate information and technological literacy in the context of academic study and professional practice.
Professional Recognition No
Professional Accreditation No
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Students need to successfully complete 24 credit points comprising 6 core units and 2 General Electives.
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

MFP1001 Language Enhancement - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

MSP1001 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal

BBS1001 Academic Skills for Business - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

PSY1011 Introduction to Cultural Psychology - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

PSY1411 Introduction to Psychological Science - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

PSY1731 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal

General Electives - 6 credit points

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Students need to successfully complete 24 credit points comprising 6 core units and 2 General Electives.

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