Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Please Note: This program was previously known as the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology). From 2017 it will be known as the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences.

The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This course provides a first step to becoming a professional psychologist. After completing a degree with an APAC accredited major in psychology, students may apply to undertake a fourth year in psychology and then further study in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, clinical, organisational, and sports psychology.

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

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: PSY20001, PSY20003, PSY20005, PSY30001, PSY30011 or PSY30012. The Advanced Psychology minor includes units that offer students an additional breadth of study in the psychology of human behaviour.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) graduates will be able to:  

  1. Systematic review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
  2. Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
  3. Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
  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 a range of audiences using a range 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

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.

Swinburne’s Psychology major incorporates the Psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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 the 3 introductory units (PSY10003 Psychology 100, STA10003 Foundations of Statistics, PSY10004 Psychology 101).

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.

International Applicants - English Language Requirements
International applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%
  • Obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

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 introductory core unit COM10006 early in their study program.
  • Students without previous university level mathematics or statistics should consider including 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 and may then apply to Swinburne University of Technology for admittance into the course:
    • STA10003 Foundations of Statistics
    • PSY10003 Psychology 100
    • PSY10004 Psychology 101

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: 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 (Psychology), from Swinburne University of Technology, a student must complete 24 units as follows:

  • 4 Psychology introductory core units; and
  • 8 core units comprising the Psychology major; and
  • 12 further units of approved study 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.

A unit of study can only be counted once. Where there are overlaps between majors and/or minors, students in the first instance choose another unit from the list of units available in the major/minor. Where there are no available units, students will be required to complete an alternative unit, as approved by the Course Convenor.

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

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

Majors

The recommended sequence for completing the 8 Level 2 and 3 Psychology major units is listed below. However, it is possible to undertake the Level 2 and Level 3 Psychology major units in a different sequence as long as the pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements are completed.

STA20006 Analysis of Variance
PSY20007 Developmental Psychology
STA20007 Multivariate Statistics
PSY20006 Cognition and Human Performance
PSY30008 Psychology of Personality
PSY30003 Psychology Project
PSY30010 Abnormal Psychology
PSY30009 Social Psychology 

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 MTH10002 Dealing with Numbers.

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
Psychology 100
PSY10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Psychology 101
PSY10004 Swinburne - SP2 SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Analysis of Variance and Regression
STA20006 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Developmental Psychology
PSY20007 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Multivariate Statistics
STA20007 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Cognition and Human Performance
PSY20006 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Personality
PSY30008 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology Project
PSY30003 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Abnormal Psychology
PSY30010 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Social Psychology
PSY30009 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -

Many of these units require access to the statistical program SPSS.

Complete 4 units from the following 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Psychology of Trauma
PSY300121 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Adolescence
PSY20003 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Sports Psychology
PSY20005 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Introduction to Theories of Counselling
PSY20001 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Wellbeing
PSY300112 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Health
PSY30001 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4

1 Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed PSY20002
2 This is a double unit worth 25 credit points. If you complete this unit then you will only need to complete two additional units in the Advanced Psychology Minor. Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed PSY20004

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

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sociological Foundations
SOC10004 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
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sociological Foundations
SOC10004 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 -
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
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 -

Students who have 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
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ113 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Crime
CCJ202 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Crime
CCJ272 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Punishment, Justice and Reform
CCJ36 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

2 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
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Marketing Strategy and Planning
MKT30016 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Consumer Behaviour
MKT200252 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communication
MKT200212 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Product and Service Innovation Management
MKT200242 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Survey Research Methods
STA200052 Swinburne - - SP3 -

2 Choose 2 units from the 4

Students who have complete MKT20012 and/or MKT30013 before 2015 may replace MKT20024 with MTK20012 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
COM122 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM1272 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Relations
CMM2201 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Law
CMM261 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Management Communication
COM211 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 Select 2 out of these to complete
2 Select one of these to complete

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

Student who have completed ABT13, ABT15 and/or ABT18 before 2015 may replace ABT14, ABT16 and/or ABT17.

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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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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  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

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    duration of their unit
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    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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From 2017, the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) is changing to the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences.

Please refer to the Transition Information 2014-2017 for more information.

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