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Bachelor of Psychology

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Psychology is designed to meet the initial requirement of professional training in psychology.

Successful completion of this course will satisfy the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a Psychologist (two years of supervised experience or completion of a two-year accredited postgraduate degree would still be required).

The Bachelor of Psychology is a high-demand course and the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry is greater than that for the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). Students who do not satisfy the entry requirement may enrol in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and then transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology at a later stage if their academic performance is good.

Psychology is concerned with the scientific understanding of human behaviour. It is both an academic discipline and a profession.

As an academic discipline, it comprises a body of knowledge about behaviour and mental process, and involves research to extend that knowledge. Psychology as a profession involves the application of psychological knowledge to solve social and behavioural problems and to promote human welfare.

It is important that minors and subjects are chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator to ensure course requirements are met.

Transfer into Honours strand

Students who meet certain eligibility criteria [PDF] may apply to transfer to the Honours stream.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four year degree that splits into two strands in fourth year, a pass strand and an honours strand. Progression into fourth year is dependent upon a high level of academic performance. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression into fourth year will transfer to and graduate from the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) which is a three year degree.

The pass strand comprises:

  • 19 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • a research project (24 points);
  • a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each); and
  • two electives (8 points each)

The honours strand comprises:

  • 18 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • a dissertation (32 points);
  • a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each); and
  • two electives (8 points each)

Core Level 1 to 3 Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry*
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing*
PSY208 Biopsychology
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
and four of the following subjects:
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
* Students studying by distance education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Compulsory Sociology Subjects

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Students must take a minor of six subjects, at least one of which must be at Level 3, in one of the discipline areas listed below:

  • Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Human Resource Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Justice Studies
  • Communication
  • Marketing (Faculty of Business)
  • Social Welfare
  • English
  • History and Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Information Technology (Faculty of Business)
  • Statistics (Faculty of Business)

Note: Students who choose sociology as a minor complete four sociology subjects (one of which must be a Level 3 subject) in addition to the two compulsory sociology subjects (SOC101 and SOC102 ; they will need to choose four electives.

Details of the subjects included in each of these minors may be obtained from psychadmin@csu.edu.au. On-campus students may have to complete some or all subjects in their chosen minor by distance education mode. Students may take any six subjects from one of the areas listed provided they meet the prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements and include at least one Level 3 subject. A minor in another discipline may be taken with the approval of the Course Coordinator: email psychadmin@csu.edu.au

Electives

The two electives (four if the minor is in Sociology) can be chosen from any of the discipline areas listed above or from the following psychology electives:
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY219 Psychology International Experience
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
PSY317 Psychology of Health and Illness

Pass Strand

Progression into the pass strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of between 5.0 and 5.49 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these criteria will complete:
PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)*
PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice*
and two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology – Treatment*
PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
* Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Honours Strand

Progression into the honours strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these requirements, and whose application to transfer into the honours strand is successful, will complete:
PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)*
and two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment*
PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
* Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Key Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

Enrolment pattern

Suggested Enrolment Patterns

Full-time On campus

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Students must complete PSY301 PSY309 and four of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below.
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Year 4
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream via Bathurst

Session 1
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga

Session 1
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Honours Stream via Bathurst

Session 1
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga

Session 1
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Distance education

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 2
Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry (residential school)
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
PSY204 Psychological Testing (residential school)
Session 2
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 4
Session 1

[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Years 5-6
Students must complete PSY301 PSY309 and four of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below.
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity (residential school) (Session 2)
PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (residential school) (Session 1)

Year 5
Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Year 6
Session 1

[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Years 7-8
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream via Bathurst

Year 7
Session 1

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Year 8
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga

Year 7
Session 1

Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Year 8
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

Honours Stream via Bathurst

Year 7
Session 1

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Year 8
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)

Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga

Year 7
Session 1

Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Year 8
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)

Professional recognition

The accrediting body for all psychology courses is the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. The peak professional body is the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

4 years full-time on campus
8 years part-time on campus
8 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

80

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