Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course Code

112810

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

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 an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.

Division

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

English

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in:

  • The major theoretical perspectives, concepts, and philosophical and historical developments in the core areas of psychology

  • The methods and ethics of scientific investigation as applied to psychology

  • The ethics of professional, evidence based practice and interventions.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will be able to:

  • Review, critique, and synthesise the research literature in the core areas of psychology

  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the design and conduct of scientific investigations to solve psychological questions with intellectual independence

  • Communicate a clear, coherent, and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas through well-developed written and spoken English language skills

  • Use information technologies and appropriate techniques to analyse, interpret, and report research findings and data and generate solutions to problems in psychology

  • Adapt and apply research skills and their psychological understanding, including knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate human and animal behaviour in diverse contexts

  • Interact with others in an ethical and professional manner in research and/or professional practice

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in planning, problem solving, decision making, collaboration and ongoing professional learning in research and/or professional practice.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology I

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology 2

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Level 2

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

Level 3

PY3101:03 Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 and 3 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 and 3 subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 and 3 subjects from List 3

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of specified PY level 3 subjects from List 4

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of any level 2 or level 3 subjects

List 1

PY2101:03 Brain and Behaviour

PY2111:03 Learning and Behaviour

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

PY3109:03 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

List 2

PY2018:03 Intercultural Psychology

PY2104:03 Health Psychology

PY2106:03 Human Development Across the Lifespan

PY3102:03 Social Psychology

PY3108:03 Personality and Individual Psychology

PY3111:03 Advanced Health Psychology

List 3

PY2109:03 Environmental Psychology

PY2110:03 Forensic Psychology

PY3103:03 Psychopathology

PY3104:03 Principles of Counselling

PY3105:03 Behaviour in Organisations

PY3106:03 Theoretical Foundations of Modern Psychology

PY3107:03 Introductory Psychometrics, Assessment and Ethics

List 4

PY3102:03 Social Psychology

PY3103:03 Psychopathology

PY3104:03 Principles of Counselling

PY3105:03 Behaviour in Organisations

PY3106:03 Theoretical Foundations of Modern Psychology

PY3107:03 Introductory Psychometrics, Assessment and Ethics

PY3108:03 Personality and Individual Psychology

PY3109:03 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

PY3111:03 Advanced Health Psychology

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Singapore

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is a 72 credit point accredited course which will replace the current 96 credit point Bachelor of Psychology to comply with APAC requirements. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is identical to the first 72 credit points of the previous Bachelor of Psychology. A 24 credit point end-on Honours program will be offered to students who achieve Distinction GPA; and a 24 credit point Graduate Diploma of Psychology will be offered to students who achieve a Credit GPA.

Registration with CPE is currently being sought for the Bachelor of Psychological Science for 2015.

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subject requirements before attempting any level 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

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

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BPsychSc

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science; and

Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across PY2103, PY2107, and a minimum grade point average of 6.0 (i.e. distinction average) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101 in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.