Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

Combining business and psychological science gives you expertise in understanding human behaviour and how this impacts on organisations. The joint degree will boost career prospects in all business areas, especially in human resource management, training, and professional development.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B (desirable)
OP/Rank
14/69

Career opportunities

Psychology provides excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to a broad range of careers. If you decide not to gain accreditation you can seek employment in fields such as community services and counselling, business and market research, education, administration, and management.

You can also choose to become a registered psychologist by pursuing further study in an accredited program.

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. GDipPsych or BPsychSc(Hons)) 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.

Course highlights

JCU fast tracks you into the workforce with practical skills and experience blended with sound local knowledge.

Combining business and psychological science provides graduates with and insight into human behaviour and explores how this impacts on organisations within the context of recruitment, employee relations and human resources.

You will participate in real-world experiences and learn from our researchers, managers and lecturers, who are experts in their field.

Our Business majors are designed with input from industry experts and uses current research results for real-world relevance. Our lecturers have strong business and academic credentials and focus on creating a challenging and inspiring learning environment.

Our Psychology staff have a research focus that includes forensic psychology, social psychology, mental health, stress, cognitive sciences, personality assessment, ageing and geriatric mental health. We encourage our students to actively engage in current research, and we host a series of annual seminars presented by national and international experts.

We also have active psychology clubs and organisations on both campuses, where you will meet fellow students with similar interests and share your experiences.

Our Townsville campus has a fully functioning psychology clinic.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311081) - Apply now
Cairns (321081) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1112:03 Business Law

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality

PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

Level 2

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

BU2108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

PY3101:03 Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects (from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, CI, CU, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS) or BU and BX level 2 and BU and BX level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a Business major from Table A

Table A (BUSINESS MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Banking and Finance

External

Business major

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Not available to continuing students intending to complete before the end of 2016

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Financial Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Hospitality and Tourism Management

External

Business major

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

International Business

External

Business major

Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Marketing

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.

Handbook

Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course Code

114310

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is 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. GDipPsych or BPsychSc(Hons)) 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

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

English (Maths B desirable).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in business related professions

  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making business decisions

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address issues in business

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy, necessary for professional practice in business

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements

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

  • Integrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases in the core areas of psychology
  • Review and reflect on the methods and ethics of scientific investigation as applied to psychology
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the design and conduct of scientific investigations to solve psychological questions 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
  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate human and animal behaviour in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1112:03 Business Law

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality

PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

Level 2

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

BU2108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

PY3101:03 Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects (from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, CI, CU, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS) or BU and BX level 2 and BU and BX level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a Business major from Table A

Table A (BUSINESS MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Banking and Finance

External

Business major

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Not available to continuing students intending to complete before the end of 2016

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Financial Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Hospitality and Tourism Management

External

Business major

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

International Business

External

Business major

Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Marketing

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

The accredited sequence in Psychology leads to provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with the addition of a fourth year of accredited studies in psychology e.g. Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for Psychology subjects (subjects with the prefix SP or PY)

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject

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

60 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 20 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

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BBus-BPsychSc

This is a joint degree

Yes

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed ALL appropriate subjects for the relevant degree, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

A student admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science at this university may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Honours degree in Psychology if that student has

Psychology Honours

  • obtained a minimum of 72 credit points including successful completion of all Psychology level 1, 2 and 3 subjects prescribed in Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • obtained a minimum of a Credit average (65%) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum Distinction average (75%) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101

Business Honours

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.

Honours

Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study. Please refer to either the Bachelor of Business (Honours), or the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.