Course and Subject Handbook 2015 Course Information Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) [End-on]

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) [End-on]

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Bachelor Honours (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This new course will be conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) until there are graduates and at that time it will receive full accreditation.

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete, in addition to this course, two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychological Society approved three-year sequence in Psychology; and

A minimum of a credit average credit average (GPA 5.0) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum of a distinction average (GPA 6.0) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the program is by invitation of the College Dean

Closing date

30th October

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate a coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology

  • Apply knowledge and skills of research principles, methods and ethics to plan and execute a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning professional practice to provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.

  • Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and research findings appropriate for a variety of audiences

  • Exercise high-level judgement, critical thinking and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and/or professional practice contexts

  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate complex human behaviour with some independence

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for ones own learning and practice and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


PY4104:06 Psychology Thesis Part 1 of 2

PY4105:06 Psychology Thesis Part 2 of 2

PY4108:06 Advanced Topics in Psychology Part 1 of 2

PY4109:06 Advanced Topics in Psychology Part 2 of 2









Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Students may be required to undertake such tests and interviews as are considered necessary to assess their suitability to work in the helping professions.

Accreditation requirements

Graduates will be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates of this course who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete two years of supervised practice in the field or an accredited masters degree.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Abbreviated title


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable