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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Business

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points. Upon completion of the program, students graduate with two awards, the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Business (with specialisation).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Business provides graduates with the skills to become effective managers and professionally responsible business people who have a sound understanding of the psychological principles of human behaviour.

This four-year course allows students to complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and one of three strands for the Bachelor of Business. Students must complete a minimum of 13 core Psychology subjects.

CSU's Bachelor of Business has a national reputation for excellence. Graduates have good prospects in a wide range of career paths in private and government organisations.

The course aims to develop critical analysis, scientific method and fundamental thinking, and prepare students to ask the right questions, search for relevant data and interpret results. Students will also develop communication skills such as rational argument, critical evaluation and effective listening and writing.

The course will help students become acquainted with the substance of business so that they can aspire to accept responsibility and learn to manage technical and organisational change. It will also provide students with skills to become effective managers, able to understand the needs of their subordinates, apply technology, and have an extensive knowledge of the political, economic and social environment.

The end result will be a depth of understanding that will help students become successful, ethical and professionally responsible business people.

Residential school

Distance education students must attend compulsory residential schools for some subjects.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (with specialisations) is a four year degree, comprising 32 subjects:

  • a minimum of 13 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • one elective (8 points);
  • two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each);
  • three core business subjects (8 points each);
  • a minimum of two business foundation subjects (8 points each); and
  • a minimum of eight business specialisation subjects (8 points each).

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Core 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 at least three of the following subjects, one of which must be either PSY307 or PSY308 br />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

Elective

One subject chosen from the remaining core Level 3 psychology subjects or from:
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
or any other subject offered by the Faculty of Arts provided prerequisites or assumed knowledge requirements are satisfied

Compulsory Sociology Subjects

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Bachelor of Business

Human Resource Management Specialisation

Core Subjects

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations & Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

Foundation Subjects

At least two from
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
BUS220 Business Placement
ITC105 Communication & Information Management
LAW110 Business Law
MKT110 Marketing & Society

Specialisation Subjects

HRM210 Human Resource Management
HRM310 Developing Human Resources
HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
plus at least four from
ECO210 Labour Economics
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
LAW370 Law of Employment
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT330 Business Strategy
MGT367 Leadership Issues

Management Specialisation

Core Subjects

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations & Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

Foundation Subjects

At least two from
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
BUS220 Business Placement
ITC105 Communication & Information Management
LAW110 Business Law
MKT110 Marketing & Society

Specialisation Subjects

HRM210 Human Resource Management
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT310 Service Operations Management
MGT330 Business Strategy
plus at least four from
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
MGT220 E-Commerce
MGT290 Project Management
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT340 International Business Management
MGT367 Leadership Issues

Marketing Specialisation

Core Subjects

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations & Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

Foundation Subjects

At least two from
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
BUS220 Business Placement
ITC105 Communication & Information Management
LAW110 Business Law

Specialisation Subjects

MKT110 Marketing & Society
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
MKT230 Market Research
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
plus at least four from
MKT235 Brand Management
MKT240 Market Analysis
MKT260 International Marketing
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT335 Marketing of Services
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT350 Product Innovation Management

Enrolment pattern

Suggested Enrolment Patterns

Management Specialisation

Full-time on Campus

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
MGT100 Organisations & Management
One of
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ITC105 Communication & Information Management

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality
ECO130 Business Economics
MKT110 Marketing & Society

Year 2

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
LAW110 Business Law
MGT290 Project Management

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

Year 3

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
Two of
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT340 International Business Management

Session 2

PSY308 Psychology of Learning
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
HRM210 Human Resource Management
[ ] Elective

Year 4

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
One of
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
Two of
INR210 dustrial Relations in Australia
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT340 International Business Management
BUS220 Business Placement

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
MGT310 Service Operations Management
MGT330 Business Strategy
One of
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY307 Cognition
* This subject is only available in DE mode; a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

Management Specialisation

Part-time by Distance Education

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
One of
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ITC105 Communication & Information Management

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
ECO130 Business Economics

Year 2

Session 1

MKT110 Marketing & Society
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Session 2

PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Inquiry*
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 3

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY204 Psychological Testing*

Session 2

MGT100 Organisations & Management
[ ] Elective

Year 4

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
MGT290 Project Management

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

Year 5

Session 1

HRM210 Human Resource Management
One of
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT340 International Business Management

Session 2

PSY208 Biopsychology
LAW110 Business Law

Year 6

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*

Session 2

MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
LAW220 Business Organisations Law

Year 7

Session 1

PSY305 Psychology of Personality
MGT310 Service Operations Management

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
One of
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition

Year 8

Session 1

Two of
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT367 Leadership Issues
BUS220 Business Placement

Session 2

MGT330 Business Strategy
MGT340 International Business Management

* a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

Marketing Specialisation

Full-time on Campus

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
MGT100 Organisations & Management
One of
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ITC105 Communication & Information Management

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality
ECO130 Business Economics
MKT110 Marketing & Society

Year 2

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
LAW110 Business Law
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
MKT235 Brand Management
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

Year 3

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
MKT230 Marketing Research
One of
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT350 New Product Management

Session 2

PSY308 Psychology of Learning
MKT240 Market Analysis
MKT260 International Marketing
[ ] Elective

Year 4

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
One of
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
Two of
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT350 New Product Management
BUS220 Business Placement

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
MKT335 Marketing of Services
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
One of
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY307 Cognition
* This subject is only available in DE mode; a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

Marketing Specialisation

Part-time by Distance Education

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
One of
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ITC105 Communication & Information Management

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
ECO130 Business Economics

Year 2

Session 1

MKT110 Marketing & Society
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Session 2

PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 3

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY204 Psychological Testing*

Session 2

MGT100 Organisations & Management
[ ] Elective

Year 4

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
MKT235 Brand Management

Year 5

Session 1

MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
MKT230 Marketing Research

Session 2

PSY208 Biopsychology
LAW110 Business Law

Year 6

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*

Session 2

MKT240 Market Analysis
MKT260 International Marketing

Year 7

Session 1

PSY305 Psychology of Personality
One of
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT350 New Product Management

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
MKT335 Marketing of Services

Year 8

Session 1

Two of
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT350 New Product Management
BUS220 Business Placement

Session 2

One of
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
* a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

Human Resource Management Specialisation

Part-time by Distance Education

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
One of
ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ITC105 Communication & Information Management

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
ECO130 Business Economics

Year 2

Session 1

MKT110 Marketing & Society
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Session 2

PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 3

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY204 Psychological Testing*

Session 2

MGT100 Organisations & Management
[ ] Elective

Year 4

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
HRM210 Human Resource Management

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

Year 5

Session 1

INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
LAW110 Business Law

Session 2

PSY208 Biopsychology
ECO210 Labour Economics

Year 6

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*

Session 2

MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT330 Organisational Behaviour

Year 7

Session 1

PSY305 Psychology of Personality
HRM310 Developing Human Resources

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
One of
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition

Year 8

Session 1

Two of
LAW370 Law of Employment Managing
MGT320 br />BUS220 Business Placement

Session 2

HRM320 Issues In Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management

* a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

Professional recognition

The minimum academic requirement for provisional registration as a Psychologist is completion of a four-year APAC accredited sequence of study in Psychology. The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a three-year sequence of study in Psychology. Graduates of this course may apply for admission to a fourth-year course in psychology in order to meet the requirements for provisional registration as a Psychologist.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) was subject to the University's course review process in 2011, and APAC has been informed of the changes to be implemented in 2012 as a result of this process. The course is due to be reassessed by APAC in 2012.

Only students enrolled in APAC-accredited courses are eligible for student subscribership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak professional body for Psychology; the minimum requirement for APS membership is completion of a four year APAC-accredited sequence of study.

The existing Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) until 2013. While graduates of an accredited degree can become members of AHRI, the body will also recognise graduates with relevant undergraduate qualifications. In addition, anyone who can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in the Human Resource industry (a minimum of four years) can become a member.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst

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?

NO

Indicative ATAR

65.00

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