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Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology)

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Overview

Level of study: What does Undergraduate mean?

Undergraduate

Number of units: What are units?

24 units

How to enrol

  1. With the exception of first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.
  2. Commonwealth Supported Places offered (HECS-HELP)
  3. What is CSP?
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The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) gives students the opportunity of studying a Major in Psychology. The psychology major provides comprehensive study in developmental psychology, cognition, social psychology, personality, design and measurement, psychological measurement and abnormal psychology.

In addition to the Major in Psychology, students may complete an optional four unit minor known as ‘Advanced Psychology Minor’ and choose 4 from the 6 units offered: PSS210, PSS220, PSS260, PSS270, PSS280, PSS340. The Advanced Psychology Minor includes units that offer students an additional breadth of study in the psychology of human behaviour.
 

Career Outcomes

Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions. These include employment in community and mental health, human resource management, policy development, research, welfare, journalism, marketing and advertising.

Professional Recognition

This degree has the status of conditional approval with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Eligibility

Students must successfully complete the three introductory units STA102, PSS110, PSS120 before applying for entry into this course with Swinburne. Students may complete the remaining open Level 1 units in the psychology major before applying for entry into this course, ie ABT13, CCJ16 or COM15, PSS100, PSY130, SSK13.

How to Apply

The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call      1300 322 870.

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact Swinburne University of Technology directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

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      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required documents, according to individual course requirements and your personal circumstances, specifically:

      1. Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses only.
      2. Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.
      3. A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead - recommended for entry using work experience.
      4. Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
      5. Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of birth e.g. a birth certificate.
      6. English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
      7. Official translations of any documents not in English.

      A "certified" copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Create an electronic copy of your attachments:

      For each certified document, scan and save it on your computer. Save your curriculum vitae to your computer, then get ready to upload all documents in the form.

    • Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

General applications (including FEE-HELP)

General applications (including applying with FEE-HELP), please download, print and email/fax your application:

Swinburne Undergraduate Psychology Application Form (PDF, 209 KB)

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Commonwealth supported place applications (including HECS-HELP)

Commonwealth supported place students (including applying with HECS-HELP), please click the button below:

Apply online

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.


Study Materials

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

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), from Swinburne University of Technology, students must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements: 

  • At least 8 units must be Swinburne University of Technology units
  • Complete the Psychology major consisting of 16 core units AND
  • One Co-Major sequence (Sociology) of 8 units OR
  • One minor sequence of 4 units and 4 electives OR
  • Two minor sequences of 4 units each OR
  • Eight electives

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

You may be eligible for credit for previous studies up to a maximum of 16 units. If applying for credit, you must send complete documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, unit outlines and an explanation of the grading system, to the Open Universities Australia Coordinator: ouald@swin.edu.au. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago.

Registering in this Course

Students need to apply to Swinburne for entry into the course by completing an application form. Successful applicants will then need to register with Swinburne by completing a Degree Registration form and paying the required fee, in order to receive advice on credit, unit selection and degree information. The non-refundable $200 fee is payable when the form is submitted.
 

The application form for the Bachelor Of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) can be downloaded from the How to Apply section. 

Recommended Study Pattern

Students starting their studies in the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) are recommended to follow these steps:

  • Students are advised to study the level 1 major unit SSK13 early in their study program.
  • Students without previous university level mathematics or statistics are advised to include SSK17 Dealing with Numbers as an elective before enrolling in STA102 Foundations of Statistics.
  • Students must complete the following 3 units in the order specified below and may then apply to Swinburne University of Technology for admittance into the course:
    • STA102 Foundations of Statistics
    • PSS110 Introduction to Psychology 1
    • PSS120 Introduction to Psychology 2

Students must be admitted to the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) prior to enrolling in the eight Level 2 and 3 units of the Psychology major (8 units)

Please Note: CCJ16 Professional Communication has been replaced from SP1, 2012 by the equivalent unit COM15 Developing Research and Analytical Skills. Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) students who have already completed CCJ16 must not enrol in COM15.

Course Admission Eligibility Criteria

(Commonwealth supported place)

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 3 introductory units PSS110, STA102, PSS120 at pass level

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

(General Applications)

In order to be eligible students must meet the following requirements:

  • 3 introductory units PSS110, STA102, PSS120 at pass level

About Commonwealth supported places

A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen 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.

For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.

Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)

A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.

  • English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
  • IMPORTANT:  Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Pricing and Payment Options

The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.

Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.

Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.

Course Structure

Majors

The following 8 Level 2 and 3 Psychology major units must be completed in the order specified below:
STA210 Analysis of Variance
PSS250 Developmental Psychology
STA310 Multivariate Statistics
PSS240 Cognition and Human Performance
PSS310 Psychology of Personality
PSS330 Abnormal Psychology
PSS320 Social Psychology
PSS350 Psychological Measurement Project
 

Co-Major

Students can choose to complete a Co-Major in Sociology of 8 units.

Minor

The Advanced Psychology Minor is an optional advanced minor in Psychology, available only to students who have registered into the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) with Swinburne.

Students can choose from the following minors: Sociology of Contemporary Societies, Sociology, Criminology, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Indigenous Studies, Marketing.

Electives

Electives can be selected from any undergraduate unit offered by Open Universities Australia including SSK17 Dealing with Numbers.

Note: students choosing the Social Statistics Minor or the Sociology of Contemporary Societies Minor will be required to select an additional elective unit.

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Major - Psychology Total number of units to complete: 16 units
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Many of these units require access to the statistical program SPSS.
Minor - Advanced Psychology Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Optional Units: Complete 4 units from the following 6 units
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This optional advanced minor in Psychology is available only to students who have registered into the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) with Swinburne.
Co-major - Sociology Total number of units to complete: 8 units
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1 PSS100 is completed as a core Level 1 unit in this degree. Students may choose any OUA unit as an extra elective towards the completion of this co-major.

Minor - Sociology of Contemporary Societies Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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1 PSS100 is completed as a core level 1 unit in this degree. Students may choose any OUA unit as an extra elective towards the completion of this minor.

Minor - Sociology Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Minor - Human Resource Management Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Required Units: Complete the following 2 units
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Minor - Criminology Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Minor - Marketing Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Optional Units: Complete 3 units from the following 6 units
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Students should include either MAR260 or MAR270 in this Minor
Minor - Public Relations Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Optional Units: Complete 3 units from the following 5 units
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Minor - Indigenous Studies Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Optional Units: Complete 4 units from the following 8 units
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1 Students must complete only one of these units ABT13; ABT14; ABT15

2 Students should include either ABT18 or ABT16 in this Minor.

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