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Psychology

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

Psychology is a broad and intellectually fascinating scientific discipline focused on understanding behaviour and experience, particularly in humans. The science of psychology involves a wide range of perspectives and approaches, with psychological research findings having important applications in areas such as health, education, business, and commerce, as well as informing us about how human behaviours and motivations relate to a wide range of societal issues.

Taught at the University since the late 1800s, the Psychology undergraduate program is designed to provide students with flexibility and choice, offering a broad range of subjects that provide a thorough and extensive grounding in the discipline. Studies in psychology prepare graduates for a diverse range of careers that are based on understanding human behaviour, including health, education, industry, commerce, welfare and government.

Completion of a Psychology major accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is the first step towards registration as a practicing psychologist, and is the recommended pathway for a career as a research psychologist.

The APAC accredited sequence consists of a prescribed minimum of 125 credit points of Psychology subjects (10 subjects, each worth 12.5 credit points), comprising 100 credit points of core psychology subjects (two at Level 1; four at Level 2; two at Level 3), and 25 credit points of Psychology subjects selected from a range of Level 3 Psychology elective subjects (two elective subjects).

The APAC accredited psychology major provides a strong grounding in basic psychological concepts and theories and their applications in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical psychology. Students will also develop skills in research methods and data analysis, and an advanced knowledge in at least one domain of psychology.

A non-APAC-accredited 50-point sequence of Level 3 subjects is also available within the Bachelor of Science.

Intended learning outcomes

Graduates of the major in Psychology will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

  • Ethical understanding and reasoning: A broad understanding of ethical principles and reasoning in psychological research and practice, with reference to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
  • Psychological Knowledge: A broad understanding and application of the foundations of psychological science, with in-depth knowledge of underlying principles, theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, empirical findings, and historical trends of the discipline.
  • Cultural and social awareness: An awareness of and sensitivity to the diversity of human experiences and cultures and the influence of these on psychological functioning and development, with specific reference to the experiences and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Skills

  • Communication of psychological knowledge: Effective communication of psychological concepts and theories to professional and lay audiences in both written and oral formats.
  • Scientific Enquiry and Critical Thinking: The self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry, scientific reasoning, problem solving, and research skills to enable investigation, analysis, and critique of the key factors underpinning behaviour and psychological processes.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

  • Applying psychological knowledge to address real-world problems: The ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories and concepts to: • explain how evidence-based psychological interventions can help address contemporary local, national and global issues; • design a research project to investigate a psychological question.
  • Apply psychological knowledge to develop personal, interpersonal, and professional skills: The ability to apply psychological knowledge to: • develop reflective skills to promote self-awareness and demonstrate personal and professional integrity; • demonstrate respect for and the ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds; • give, receive, and utilise constructive feedback; • promote and maintain the wellbeing of self and others.

Structure

50 credit points

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3 (Non-APAC accredited BSc Psychology Major)

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Psychology Major

An APAC accredited Psychology Major sequence is a prerequisite for any student wishing to undertake further study to become a practising psychologist.

A three-year accredited psychology sequence requires the completion of a minimum of 125 credit points worth of undergraduate Psychology subjects, which includes the completion requirements of a BSc Psychology major.

The APAC accredited major requires the completion of eight compulsory subjects (two at Level 1; four at Level 2; two at Level 3) and at least two elective Psychology subjects at Level 3. All subjects are worth 12.5 points.

Further information on the structure of the APAC accredited Psychology Major sequence is available on the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences website.

Subject Options

First-year subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PSYC10003 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC10004 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2
Semester 2
12.5

Second-year subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PSYC20006 Biological Psychology
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC20008 Developmental Psychology
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC20007 Cognitive Psychology
Semester 2
12.5
PSYC20009 Personality and Social Psychology
Semester 2
12.5

Third-year subjects

Both of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PSYC30013 Research Methods for Human Inquiry
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC30021 Psychological Science: Theory & Practice
Semester 2
12.5

Plus two electives selected from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PSYC30012 The Unconscious Mind
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC30016 Lifespan Social & Emotional Development
Semester 2
12.5
PSYC30017 Perception, Memory and Cognition
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC30018 Neuroscience and the Mind
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC30014 The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
Semester 1
12.5
PSYC30019 Development of the Thinking Child
Semester 2
12.5
PSYC30020 The Integrated Brain
Semester 2
12.5
PSYC30022 Trends in Personality& Social Psychology
Semester 2
12.5

Last updated: 9 October 2019