Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
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Studying psychology provides students with knowledge and skills that improve their ability to understand and explain human behaviour and relationships. The psychology major provides specialised study in developmental psychology, cognition, social psychology, personality, design and measurement, psychological measurement and abnormal psychology. Students complete a variety of research projects and develop critical real-world project management, research design and report-writing skills.
|Duration||3 years full-time or equivalent part-time. An optional and additional year of Industry Based Learning (IBL) may also be available.|
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- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
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- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Forensic Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Forensic Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sport Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology)
- Bachelor of Community Health
Course in detail
- Psychology Professional Major, 16 units of 12.5 credit points each (200 credit points); and
- one Co-Major (8 units) or two minors (4 units each).
- the non-credit unit, HAC0001 Careers in the Curriculum, is compulsory;
- two (2) Major Project units must be completed as part of the major studies sequence;
- the same unit cannot be counted more than once. Where there are overlaps in Majors, Co-Majors or Minors, the 300 credit points of study must be made up in the first instance by a Minor where 50 credit points is required, otherwise by freeelectives or Options Plus units;
- students will normally not be permitted to successfully complete more than 26 units (325cps);
- students may only enrol in two Majors where both Majors have sufficient unit overlap to enable both to be completed within a total 300 credit-points of study; and
- Professional Major Co-ordinators have the authority to approve alternative units if required for students to complete in a timely fashion. To be noted at Faculty Academic Committee.
In addition to the above, students must complete a compulsory unit of study HAC0001 Careers in the Curriculum to be awarded the degree. Careers in the Curriculum (CIC) is an innovative unit designed to assist Swinburne students to enhance their employability and career prospects. It is usually undertaken in the second year of their course and is compulsory for all undergraduate students. Students studying CIC will not incur a HECS or fee debt as the cost will be met by the university as part of an initiative to enhance students' career skills.
Final Year Experience - Major Projects
As part of the Swinburne Model for Professional Learning, all incoming undergraduates will undertake 25 credit points of professionally focused final year major projects within their programs of study. Entry with advanced standing may require alternate study sequences to be undertaken.
Winter and Summer Term
This program also provides opportunities to undertake study in an optional six-week Winter and Summer term allowing you to complete extra study between the standard semesters. These terms are not mandatory. However, if you wish to vary your study load you may want to consider this option.
Electives Plus combinations provide Swinburne degree students with options to broaden their career skills and strengthen their employability by undertaking specially selected groups of units from outside their degree discipline.
Students undertaking a full 300 cp program are allowed to substitute at least one Options Plus unit for one existing unit within their Co-Major– but not in their Professional Major. They will be advised by their Faculty on which unit(s) of the Co-Major.
A Professional Major (200 credit points or 16 units of study) is designed to provide students with appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge in a particular field of study and provide suitable preparation for professional graduate employment. It may be based on a single, recognised discipline, or it may be inter-disciplinary in character.
The Professional Major in Psychology incorporates the Psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
A Co-Major (100 credit points or 8 units of study) is a sequence of study focused on a specific discipline and is normally self-contained, in that it includes any requisite foundation studies. Where a student has studied a Co-Major they are not normally eligible to apply to graduate with the associated tagged degree outcome.
Communications Co-Major - 2010
Community Health Co-Major - 2010
Cultural Studies Co-Major - 2010
Digital Media Co-Major - 2010
Games and Interactivity Co-Major - 2010
Journalism Co-Major - 2010
Media Co-Major - 2010
Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry Co-Major - 2010
Politics and Public Policy Co-Major - 2010
Sociology Co-Major - 2010
Sustainability Management Co-Major - 2010
A Minor (50 credit points or 4 units of study) is a prescribed set of units that may broaden a student's learning. A minor is typically derived as a subset of a Major or Co-Major, and it may be based on a single, recognised discipline, or it may be inter-disciplinary in character. Minors usually contain no elective choices.
Community Health Minor - 2010
Communications Minor - 2010
Cultural Studies Minor - 2010
Digital Media Minors - 2010
Games and Interactivity Minor - 2010
Journalism Minor - 2010
Media Minor - 2010
Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry Minors - 2010
Politics and Public Policy Minor - 2010
Sociology Minor - 2010
Sustainability Management Minor - 2010
Units of study
HAY100 Psychology 100
HMA103 Statistics and Research Methods A
HACM104 Media Literature Film: Text and Context
HAS111 Sociological Foundations
HAY101 Psychology 101
HAH100 Introduction to Philosophy
HMA278 Design and Measurement 2
HAY205 Cognition and Human Performance
HMA279 Design and Measurement 3
HAY206 Developmental Psychology
HAY307 Social Psychology
HAY321 Abnormal Psychology
HAY308 The Psychology of Personality
HAY303 Psychology Project A
HAY305 Psychology Project B ** (not available as from Semester 1 2013)
HAH319 Philosophical Psychology
Aims and objectives
- knowledge, conceptual understanding and expertise in specific areas of study in the humanities and social sciences
- an understanding of the relationship between theory, research and practice
- a capacity for critical analysis, creativity and problem solving
- professional skills, including the ability to use modern technology
- independent and lifelong learning skills
- comprehensive written and oral communication skills
- a strong sense of personal integrity and an appreciation of the role of ethics in private and public life
- excellent problem-solving, teamwork and decision-making skills
Professional recognitionThe Psychology Professional Major at Swinburne incorporates the Psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
- Capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
- Entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- Effective and ethical in work and community situations
- Adaptable and manage change
- Aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (such as sociocultural, economic, natural)
Industry learningIndustry-Based Learning (IBL) is an optional program in which students are placed in paid, supervised employment relevant to their studies as part of their degree. IBL gives you practical experience to add to your academic studies and is aimed at increasing a your employability upon graduation. All IBL placements are subject to availability of places. It is not available to international students holding a student visa. For further information visit: www.swinburne.edu.au/lss/ibl
Swinburne AbroadSwinburne offers International Exchange Programs as well as other Education Abroad Programs to help internationalise your degree. International Exchange is an academic program allowing you to study at a Swinburne Partner Institution for one or two semesters during your degree. Swinburne's Partner Institutions offer many relevant subjects as well as a secure base to explore a different culture. Your studies whilst on exchange can be credited towards your Swinburne degree, provided they are relevant and approved by Swinburne. For further information visit the Swinburne Abroad website.
2012 VCE Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 20 in English (any).
Extra requirements: Test (some applicants only): Applicants must sit the STAT Multiple Choice if they are one of the applicants outlined under STAT at www.swinburne.edu.au/vtac or on the Swinburne information pages in the VTAC guide.
All Non-Year 12 students (NONY12) should refer to the VTAC website at: www.vtac.edu.au for further infomation.
Credit transferApplicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information refer to Swinburne Pathways: Credit Transfer Guide.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Further details for students considering Higher Education courses: http://www.swin.edu.au/corporate/registrar/ppd/files/stuinf.htm
How to apply
VTAC code: 34341(CSP), 34343 (IFP)
For further information, visit the VTAC website at: www.vtac.edu.au
Part-time study is also available to Australian citizens and holders of Australian residency.
This course is available for mid-year intake. Applications are made directly to Swinburne and will be taken on a case by case basis. Application forms can be downloaded from our How to Apply website.