To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete an extended major of 49.5 units in Psychology by completing three Year 1 topics (13.5 units), four Year 2 topics (18 units), and four Year 3 topics (18 units) listed in the program of study detailed below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Psychology by completing three Year 1 topics (13.5 units), plus two Year 2 topics (9 units) from the topics listed in the program of study detailed below.
The aims of this major are to develop knowledge of the factors influencing human behaviour and experience, and to provide skills for the application of this knowledge to issues in the real world. Graduates will develop core knowledge in psychological theory and research to prepare them for possible entry into an Honours program in psychology.
Psychology provides a core set of studies covering such fields as learning, motivation, personality, development across the lifespan, social influences, group processes and biological influences on behaviour. Also integral to the course is the development of critical thinking and research skills, and an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of researchers and psychology clinicians.
Students graduating with a major in Psychology should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- knowledge of influences on human behaviour, both normal and abnormal
- an understanding of the principles and techniques of psychological research
- knowledge of psychological assessment and measurement
- the ability to critically analyse ideas and research
- the ability to connect their theoretical knowledge and learned psychological techniques with relevant real-world problems
- knowledge of ethical principles governing the conduct of research, the use of formal assessment tests and clinical practice by psychologists
- discipline-based writing skills, including mastery of APA-style conventions.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for an extended major sequence in Psychology and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled. Note that the Psychology Major is only available as an extended major.
Major - Psychology
Year 1 topics
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B (4.5 units)
PSYC1106 Research Methods 1 (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
PSYC2018 Research Methods 2 (4.5 units)
PSYC2020 Cognition and Learning (4.5 units)
PSYC2022 Psychological Assessment and Measurement (4.5 units)
PSYC2019 Personality and Social Psychology (4.5 units) OR
PSYC2021 Human Development (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
PSYC3007 Research Methods 3 (4.5 units)
plus 13.5 units from the year 3 topics listed below
PSYC3003 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3004 Advanced Social Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3008 Applied Cognitive Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3009 Lifespan Development in Cultural Perspective (4.5 units)
PSYC3010 Mind, Brain and Behaviour (4.5 units)
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal and Clinical (4.5 units)
Students who take PSYC2019 Personality and Social Psychology at year 2 must take PSYC3009 Lifespan Development in Cultural Perspective at year 3.
Students who take PSYC2021 Human Development at year 2 must take PSYC3004 Advanced Social Psychology at year 3.
Refer to Honours - Psychology