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Psychology (BSc)


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Title Psychology (BSc)
Course Code B1339
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Helen Davis | Email: H.Davis@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2859

Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3-year course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Currently one additional year of study 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.
Recommended Minors Applied Statistics; Human Anatomy; Sport Psychology
Professional Accreditation Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Excluded Double Majors Psychology
Excluded Minors Neuroscience; Social and Developmental Psychology
Main research areas Psychology
Further Study A fourth year of study is available in the form of an honours year BSc(Hons) or Graduate Diploma in 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

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

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

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

The following unit is no longer available - contact the Academic Chair for advice:

BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

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

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

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

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Unit - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

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

Core Units - 12 credit points

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

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

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

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

General Electives - 6 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

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

Core Units - 9 credit points

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

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

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

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Recommended General Electives

Recommended General Electives for Part II:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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