Bachelor of Psychological ScienceBachelors Degree
The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the first three years (full-time or part-time equivalent) of study and training required to prepare graduates for employment as psychologists in professional practice and in research careers. The course focuses on providing a thorough knowledge of the theoretical basis of psychological science and prepares students to conduct an independent research project.
Upon completion of the degree, eligible students may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of this fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.
The course strikes a balance between research, theory and application to provide relevant skills which are highly sought after by employers in the public and private sectors. Relevant Indigenous material is integrated into the curriculum to ensure graduates have a strong capacity for action in a regional and rural context.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes
Question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking
Use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend, and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals
Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other psychological research
Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, and intellectual engagement
Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to solve problems in everyday life and in society
Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication)
Exhibit a scientific attitude in critically thinking about, and learning about, human behaviour, and in creative and pragmatic problem solving
Promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Acquire an understanding of core topics in the discipline
Describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology
Explain the major themes (e.g., interaction of genetics and environment) and perspectives (e.g., behavioural, evolutionary, sociocultural) of psychology
Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology
Apply psychological principles to promote personal development through self-regulation in setting and achieving career and personal goals; self-assess performance accurately; incorporate feedback for improved performance; and purposefully evaluate the quality of one’s thinking (metacognition)
|Communication and social skills|
Write effectively in a variety of other formats (e.g., essays, research proposals, reports) and for a variety of purposes (e.g., informing, arguing)
Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes
Write a standard research report using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions
Recognise and respect social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and gender diversity
Recognise how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity
Reflect on one’s experiences and learn from them in order to identify and articulate one’s personal, sociocultural, and professional values; demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles
Students may complete a workplace-based experiential learning unit in the third year of the course.
The course aims to equip students with deep analysis skills regarding human, organisational and community-wide problems; competency in the design of research and interpretation of research findings; and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods. The structure moves from basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on the Scientist Practitioner model.
Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. assessment techniques, behaviour change) or an introduction to applied topics (e.g. health psychology and human factors) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1 , Session 2||335152||055351|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2||345191||055491|
The course has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training.
Completion of this degree plus completion of an accredited fourth year of study in Psychology (such as SCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours) is the minimal educational qualification for provisional registration as a Psychologist in Australia.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Psychological Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and,
- any six (6) elective units that may include any of the units listed in Part B.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Level of learning||Notes|
|Contact the School of Health and Human Sciences for this course progression.|
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|BHS11001||Introduction to Psychology I||Introductory|
|SCI11005||Laboratory Program in Psychology I||Introductory|
|BHS11004||Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology||Introductory|
|BHS11002||Introduction to Psychology II||Introductory|
|SCI11006||Laboratory Program in Psychology II||Introductory|
|BHS11003||Introduction to Psychological Investigation||Introductory|
|BHS20007||Learning and Memory||Intermediate|
|BHS20008||Quantitative Methods in Psychology||Intermediate|
|BHS30001||Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology||Advanced|
|BHS30003||Development across the Lifespan||Intermediate|
|BHS30005||Cross Cultural and Indigenous Issues in Psychology||Advanced|