Bachelor of Behavioural Studies - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies from Swinburne University of Technology is structured to enable students to acquire knowledge and skills across a variety of study areas. This breadth of knowledge is complemented by focusing the content so that students who complete the course are better equipped to understand and explain human behaviour. Compared to the APAC accredited Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies places less emphasis on advanced statistical studies, laboratory assessments and report writing.

Degree courses which include psychological studies are valued in the Australian workplace and as a result, many industries are seeking employees with qualifications in psychology.

The Psychological Studies major in this course offers a broad introduction to basic psychological elements and concepts. Students can include a co-major in Sociology or minor specialisations in the areas of Statistics, Sociology, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Indigenous Studies, Marketing and Criminology.

This degree is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, graduates will be able to:

  1. Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences
  2. Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies
  3. Critically analyse  information  to  generate  creative  solutions  to  solve  complex problems  in  the  area  of  social  and behavioural sciences
  4. Define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
  5. Apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice,individually and in collaboration with others
  6. Interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to arange of audiences using arange of media
  7. Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international contexts

Graduates in Behavioural Studies majoring in Psychological Studies are highly sought after by a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector, for careers in:

  • human services (as research officers)
  • human resource management
  • marketing and advertising
  • policy development
  • general research
  • welfare, community and youth work
  • health care settings
  • evaluation of community and human services

For admission into this degree you must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including a Certificate IV, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply; OR
  • Successful completion of Social Science Pathway; OR
  • Successful completion of 3 OUA undergraduate units or equivalent at pass level.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of courses, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: If you are not eligible for CSP you can still enrol and study though OUA as a full fee paying student via FEE-HELP or upfront payments. Please refer to the Swinburne University of Technology website for more information.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below: 

  • Complete Swinburne's 4 introductory core units in Behavioural Studies; and
  • 7 required units in the Psychology major; and
  • 12 additional units of approved study which may comprise: a co-major (8 units), and/ or a minor (4 units) or minors and/ or elective units

Students are advised to study COM10006 early in their study program and students without previous mathematics should consider to study MTH10002 Dealing with Numbers as an elective before enrolling in STA10003 Foundations of Statistics.

It is strongly recommended that the following 3 units be completed in the order specified below:

  • STA10003 Foundations of Statistics
  • PSY10003 Psychology 100
  • PSY10004 Psychology 101

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

To qualify for the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies from Swinburne University of Technology, a student must complete 300 credit points as follows:

  • 4 Behavioural Studies Introductory units (50 credit points); and
  • 7 units in the Psychology major (100 credit points); and
  • 12 additional units of approved study (150 credit points) which may comprise: a co-major (8 units), and/ or a minor (4 units) or minors and/ or elective units 
  • At least 8 units must be Swinburne University of Technology units

Regardless of any credit awarded within this degree, students must complete a minimum of 8 units of study with Swinburne University as part of this degree. Students who have completed the double unit PSY30011 need to complete a minimum of seven Swinburne units.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

For some units in the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies you are required to have access to the statistical package SPSS.

Majors

Students must complete 11 units in the Psychological Studies Major stream (4 of the required units in this stream are the 4 core introductory units for this course and they are also the 4 units in the Social Science Pathway).

Electives

Students can select their minor sequences from those listed below. Students can complete a co-major in Sociology by undertaking the two minors in Sociology as listed below (Sociology of Contemporary Societies Minor units plus Sociology Minor units).

Electives can be any undergraduate unit offered by Open Universities Australia. (Note: students choosing the Social Statistics Minor, the Sociology of Contemporary Societies Minor or the Sociology co-major will be required to select an additional elective unit in this discipline.)

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
COM10006 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Foundations of Statistics
STA10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Sociological Foundations
SOC10004 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Psychology 100
PSY10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 11 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
COM100061 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Sociological Foundations
SOC10004 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Foundations of Statistics
STA10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Psychology 100
PSY10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Psychology 101
PSY10004 Swinburne - SP2 SP3 -
Psychology of Health
PSY30001 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Community and Social Policy
COD2142 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Trauma
PSY300123 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Wellbeing
PSY300114 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Theories of Counselling
PSY200015 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Adolescence
PSY200035 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Sports Psychology
PSY200055 Swinburne - SP2 - -

1 It is recommended that you complete COM10006 for this course. However, if you have already completed SSK12 it is not required as SSK12 is considered to be equivalent.
2 Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed COD355A
3 Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed PSY20002
4 This is a double unit worth 25 credit points. Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed PSY20004
5 Students to complete 2 of these 3 units. Transitioning students who have completed PSY20004 will need to complete all three.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sociological Foundations
SOC100041 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Sociology
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age
SOCX298 Macquarie - - SP3 SP4
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
SOC20013 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Sociology of Identity
SGY230 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Global Futures
SOC30003 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Sociology of Media
SOCX279 Macquarie SP1 - - SP4
The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family
SOCX315 Macquarie SP1 - - SP4

1 As SOC10004 is also a required unit for the Psychological Studies Major in this degree, students choosing this co-major must complete 1 other OUA unit in this discipline.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sociological Foundations
SOC100041 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age
SOCX298 Macquarie - - SP3 SP4
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
SOC20013 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Global Futures
SOC30003 Swinburne - - SP3 -

1 As SOC10004 is also a required unit for the Psychological Studies Major in this degree, students choosing this minor must complete 1 other OUA unit in any discipline.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Sociology
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Sociology of Identity
SGY230 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Sociology of Media
SOCX279 Macquarie SP1 - - SP4
The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family
SOCX315 Macquarie SP1 - - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ113 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Crime
CCJ201 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Crime
CCJ271 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Punishment, Justice and Reform
CCJ36 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Students who completed Homicide CCJ114 before 2015, may replace CCJ20 OR CCJ27 with CCJ114.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Employee Relations
EHR201 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Human Resource Management Principles
EHR202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Intercultural Management
IBA304 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

If you have previously completed EHR301 before 2015 may replace IBA304 with EHR301.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
ABT14 UniSA - SP2 - -
Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science
ABT16 UniSA - - SP3 -
Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity
ABT17 UniSA - - - SP4
Australian Society, Aboriginal Voices
ABT21 UniSA - SP2 - -
Rights and Racism
ABT24 UniSA - - SP3 -
Segregation, Assimilation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government in the 20th Century
ABT27 UniSA - SP2 - -
Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies
ABT35 UniSA - SP2 - -
Caring for Country
ABT36 UniSA - - - SP4

If you have previously completed ABT13, ABT15 and/or ABT18 before 2015 may replace ABT14, ABT16 and/or ABT17.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Marketing Strategy and Planning
MKT30016 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Consumer Behaviour
MKT20025 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communication
MKT20021 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Product and Service Innovation Management
MKT20024 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Survey Research Methods
STA20005 Swinburne - - SP3 -

If you have previously completed MKT20012 and/or MKT30013 before 2015 you may replace MKT20024 with MKT20012 and/or MKT30016 with MKT30013.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Media Buying and Planning
CMM33 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Communication
COM121 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM1271 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Relations
CMM2204 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Law
CMM264 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Management Communication
COM214 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 Complete 1 of these units
4 Complete 2 of these units

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Foundations of Statistics
STA100031 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Survey Research Methods
STA20005 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Analysis of Variance and Regression
STA20006 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Multivariate Statistics
STA20007 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -

1 As STA10003 is also a required unit for the Psychological Studies Major in this degree, students choosing this minor must complete 1 other OUA unit in any discipline.

Advanced Standing

Students who are considering enrolling into a Swinburne undergraduate degree may apply for academic credit of up to sixteen [16] units based on prior credentialed or non-credentialed learning. Students wishing to apply for credit (referred to as ‘exemptions’) can do so on the basis of:

  • Credentialed Learning - previous formal post-secondary studies taken at another educational institution or in another sector or in another course or
  • Non-credentialed Learning - Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience and/or formal training or a combination of both.

Broad Conditions

  • Only study undertaken within the last 10 years can be considered for exemption.
  • Students must complete at least eight [8] Swinburne undergraduate units to be eligible to graduate with a Swinburne undergraduate award.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

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The Course Advice and Registration form can be downloaded from Swinburne's Open Universities Australia site: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/courses-and-units/

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

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    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

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    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
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    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
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  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

For students who are continuing with the pre2015 Bachelor of Behavioural Studies or transitioning from the 2014 degree into the 2015 degree, please see below:

  • If you have successfully completed PSY20002 Psychology of Trauma as part of the Psychological Studies Major, do not enrol into PSY300012 Psychology of Trauma. If you are yet to complete PSY20002, you will be required to enrol into PSY300012, as PSY20002 will no longer be offered from 2015
  • If you have successfully completed PSY20004 Psychology of Wellbeing as part of the Psychological Studies Major, do not enrol into PSY30011. If you are yet to complete PSY20004, you will be required to enrol into PSY30011, as PSY20004 will no longer be offered from 2015. Please note that PSY30011 is a double unit.

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