Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Forensic Science)
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- Bachelor of Social Science
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Forensic Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Sport Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sport Science)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Online)
Course in detail
- Must complete 300 credit points (usually 24 x 12.5 credit point units)
- Must complete the compulsory non-credit bearing unit HAC0001 Careers in the Curriculum (0 credit points)
- May complete a maximum of 125 credit points of Stage 1 units
- Must complete a minimum of 50 credit points of Stage 3 units
- Must complete at least one capstone unit (12.5 credit points)
- Must complete at least one Social Science major (a major comprises either 100, 150, or 200 credit points). The remainder of the program will comprise subsequent majors and/or minors (a minor is comprised of 50 credit points), and/or electives
- May complete a maximum of 100 credit points of non-Arts and Social Science units, excluding those units that are required for an Arts or Social Science major/minor
- May complete up to 100 credit points of elective units (i.e. units that do not contribute to either a major or a minor)
- May complete an optional Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement, which is usually taken prior to the final year of study. IBL is not available to students holding an international student visa
In addition to the above, students must complete a compulsory unit of study Careers in the Curriculum (HAC0001) 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.
Winter and Summer Term
This program also provides opportunities to undertake study in an optional six-week Winter and/or Summer term allowing students to complete extra study between the standard semesters. These terms are not mandatory. However, if students wish to vary their study load they may want to consider this option.
A major may comprise 100 credit points of studies (eight units of study), 150 credit points (12 units of study) or 200 credit points (16 units of study) relevant to the particular discipline or field of study. A major will normally include requisite foundation units, have a clearly identifiable professional outcome and satisfy any relevant external professional-body accreditation requirements.
Units of study
All units are valued at 12.5 credit points each unless otherwise indicated.
HAY100 Psychology 100
HAY101 Psychology 101
STA10003 Foundations of Statistics (formerly HMA103 Statistics and Research Methods A_
HAY205 Cognition and Human Performance
HAY206 Developmental Psychology
STA20006 Analysis of Variance (formerly HMA278 Design and Measurement 2)
STA20007 Multivariate Statistics (formerly HMA279 Design and Measurement 3)
HAY308 The Psychology of Personality
HAY303 Psychology Project A (Capstone unit)
HAY307 Social Psychology
HAY321 Abnormal Psychology
all four of the following Forensic Science minor units HAY120 Introduction to Forensic Psychology #
HES1020 Introduction to Forensic Science
HMA280 Statistics for Forensics
HAY320 Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
one of the following Psychology elective units:
HAY120 Introduction to Forensic Psychology #
HAY130 Introduction to Sport Psychology
HAY140 Criminology: Theory and Practice
HAH319 Philosophical Psychology
HET320 Psychophysiological Project
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
- 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)
Outstanding Bachelor of Social Science students have the option of undertaking a specialised additional year of study, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. Honours provides students with an opportunity to enhance their research ability and permits further studies and specialisation in their major discipline. It also leads to a wide range of job opportunities and gives students a market edge. The honours year is offered in the areas of Industry and Community Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Culture, Nature and Civilisation, Languages, Media and Multimedia. Please see the entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) for details.
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.
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 the Credit Transfer website.
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. For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website.
How to apply
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.
Applicants who have not already applied through VTAC can apply direct to the university by following the step-by-step process on our How to Apply page.
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