Want to understand people, and how they behave and think? The Psychology major in the Bachelor of Science prepares you for a career as a research scientist.
Study psychology to gain a better understanding of how people behave and think. In today’s workplaces, understanding people is a substantial advantage, regardless of your career. You can study psychology as a single major or as a double major with any other science subject.
Modern psychology is theoretical and experimental in nature, and current knowledge is based on observable and repeatable behavioural data. This can include counts of behaviours in animals and humans, and verbal accounts about emotions. That’s why the Psychology major includes practical work in laboratories or the field.
This is part of the Bachelor of Science.
Start date: 2022
BIOL502 Plants and Animals
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution
ENVS522 Our Dynamic Earth
ENVS523 Human Geography
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Complete the following course:
SCIE602 Research Techniques
And at least four of:
PSYC601 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC602 Social Psychology
PSYC603 Psychological Assessment
PSYC605 Brain and Behaviour
PSYC680 Individuals and Identities
PSYC681 Cognitive Psychology
Complete at least three of:
HEAL709 Advanced Research
PSYC701 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC702 Critical Evaluation in Psychology
PSYC703 Experimental and Applied behaviour Analysis II
PSYC705 Positive Psychology
PSYC706 Health Psychology
PSYC707 Approaches to Psychological Intervention
PSYC780 Emotions and Human Nature
PSYC781 Applied issues in Cultural and Social Psychology
Plus five elective courses, or three electives and the Research Project course.
In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project course (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on a project related to your major.
SCIE701 Research Project
Research scientist for private companies, and local and central government, including:
*After completing a graduate diploma in education.
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