Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) - 2012

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Course summary - 2012

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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What the degree is about

Overview

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.
 

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.

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

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.

(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

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.

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

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

Units of Study

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.

Total number of units to complete: 16 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Learning and Communication Behaviour
SSK13 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 SP4
Introduction to Sociology
PSS100 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Aboriginal Cultures
ABT13 UniSA SP1 - - -
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Organisational Behaviour
PSY130 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Foundations of Statistics (Previously STA15)
STA102 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 SP4
Introduction to Psychology 1
PSS110 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Psychology 2
PSS120 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 SP4
Analysis of Variance
STA210 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Developmental Psychology
PSS250 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Multivariate Statistics
STA310 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Cognition and Human Performance
PSS240 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Personality
PSS310 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Abnormal Psychology (Previously Psychology of Mental Health)
PSS330 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Social Psychology
PSS320 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Psychological Measurement Project
PSS350 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
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Psychology of Wellbeing
PSS210 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Adolescence
PSS220 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Sports Psychology
PSS260 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Theories of Counselling
PSS270 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Trauma
PSS280 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Psychology of Health
PSS340 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4

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
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Sociology
PSS1001 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Social Sciences in Australia
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
eSociety: Sociology of the Electronic Age
PSS202 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Ethnicity, Migration and Multiculturalism
PSS205 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Sociology of Identity
SGY230 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Contemporary Australian Indigenous Politics
ABS36 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
Indigenous Australian Advocacy and Empowerment
ABS37 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
Globalisation and Multiple Modernities
PSS305 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -

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.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Sociology
PSS1001 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
eSociety: Sociology of the Electronic Age
PSS202 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Ethnicity, Migration and Multiculturalism
PSS205 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Globalisation and Multiple Modernities
PSS305 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -

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.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Social Sciences in Australia
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Sociology of Identity
SGY230 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Contemporary Australian Indigenous Politics
ABS36 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
Indigenous Australian Advocacy and Empowerment
ABS37 ACU SP1 - SP3 -

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Employment Relations
EHR101 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Applied Strategic Organisational Change
EHR301 Griffith Coming in 2013
Management Employee Relations
EHR201 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Human Resource Management Principles
EHR202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Inter-Cultural Management
IBA304 Griffith - - SP3 -

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJ11 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
An Introduction to Crime
CCJ15 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Psychology of Crime
CCJ20 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Crime
CCJ27 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Punishment, Justice and Reform
CCJ36 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Marketing Concepts
MAR110 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Marketing Behaviour
MAR210 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communications
MAR230 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Services Marketing
MAR260 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Product Management
MAR270 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Survey Research Methods
MAR29 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Strategic Marketing Planning Project
MAR331 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -

Students should include either MAR260 or MAR270 in this Minor

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Communications
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Relations
CMM220 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Law
CMM26 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM127 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Communication
COM21 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Buying and Planning
CMM33 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Aboriginal Cultures
ABT131 UniSA SP1 - - -
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
ABT141 UniSA SP1 - - -
Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism
ABT151 UniSA SP1 - - -
Australian Society, Aboriginal Voices
ABT21 UniSA SP1 - - -
Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies
ABT35 UniSA - - - SP4
Rights and Racism
ABT24 UniSA - - SP3 -
Comparative Indigenous Studies
ABT182 UniSA - - - SP4
Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science
ABT162 UniSA - - SP3 -

1 Students must complete only one of these units ABT13; ABT14; ABT15
2 Students should include either ABT18 or ABT16 in this Minor.

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.

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.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

Find out more about
FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

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