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Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science
James Cook University (JCU) students choose this dual course of studies because it boosts their career prospects. You'll learn analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to many careers. The course gives you the academic knowledge and practical skills that are valuable if you want to practice in Psychology - and are equally valued by employers in diverse business fields.
This course prepares you so that you can choose between a whole range of rewarding and interesting careers in business or psychological practice. You can choose from a diverse list of Majors and subject areas. You'll gain skills that equip you to build a career in:
- Private psychology practices
- Counselling roles in business, community or government organisations
- Human resources management
- Staff training and professional development
- Business and market research
- Education (with further training)
- and much more, depending on your choice of major...
If you plan to apply for registration as a Psychologist, you must complete an accredited fourth year of study, such as a Graduate Diploma of Psychology or a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Once that is done, you'll require two years of supervised practice in the field, or an accredited Masters degree such as a Master of Psychology (Clinical), with one further year of supervised practice.
Depending on the business major you select, you may be eligible to apply for membership of professional organisations such as the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute or the Australian Marketing Institute.
The great thing about studying at JCU is that you'll be fast-tracked into the workforce. Through JCU's Townsville campus which has a fully functioning psychology clinic, as well as opportunities to learn from industry experts, you'll participate in real-world experiences, work on your own special projects, or undertake an internship. You'll also have amazing opportunities to learn from JCU's world-recognised researchers and lecturers, so you'll get first-hand knowledge from people who are experts in their field.
JCU's psychology staff have a research focus that will give you opportunities that few undergraduate students have. You'll be encouraged to actively engage in current research. And as JCU hosts a series of annual seminars presented by national and international experts, you'll be able to learn even more, and meet up with experts in their field.
You will also have the opportunity to become part of active Psychology Clubs and organisations - whether you're studying at Townsville or Cairns - and you'll be able to build friendships and networks with fellow students from all year levels who share your interests and experiences.
JCU business majors give you knowledge and experience that is valued by many businesses and organisations. You can select from an interesting choice of Major options. The curriculum you'll study has been designed with input from industry experts, so what you learn is firmly founded on current research and has real-world relevance.
This broad four-year course of studies offers you many options, and equips you with knowledge and experience in fields that will help you achieve your career goals.
JCU's Psychology staff have a research focus that will give you opportunities to learn about:
- Forensic psychology
- Social psychology
- Mental health
- Cognitive sciences
- Personality assessment
- Ageing and geriatric mental health.
Your choice of majors is broad, and includes:
- Social Sciences
- Business Intelligence and Information Systems
- Sports and Events Management
- Human Resources Management
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Banking and Finance.
Among the many core subjects and options are:
- Economics for Sustainable Business
- Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics
- Contemporary Business Communications
- Accounting for Decision Making
- Managing Consumer Markets
- Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice
- Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality
- Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things
- Memory and Cognition
- Personality Psychology: decoding the Mysteries of Humans.
You will need to supply the following with your application
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.
Certified copies and original documents
Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:
James Cook International,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA.
If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.
Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.
Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Professional accreditation status
This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
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 of Tropical Health and Medicine
Recommended: Maths B desirable
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
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:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:
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
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
PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation
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
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
Select a Business major from Table A
Table A (BUSINESS MAJORS)
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
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
Not permitted for Psychology subjects (subjects with the prefix SP or PY)
Supplementary exam for
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
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
60 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
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.
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]
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
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.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$31,200 (Estimate only.)For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Undergraduate Guide (PDF, 8594 KB).
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
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.
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