To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete a major of 36 units in Psychology by completing three Year 1 topics (13.5 units), three Year 3 topics (13.5 units), and two Year 3 topics (9 units) listed in the program of study below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 18 units in Psychology by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), plus two Year 2 topics (9 units) from the topics listed in the program of study 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.
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 a major sequence in Psychology and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled. The 36 unit Psychology Major is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Students seeking an accredited program in Psychology should refer to Psychology - Extended Major.
Major - Psychology
Year 1 topics
13.5 units comprising:
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)*
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B (4.5 units)*
PSYC1106 Research Methods 1 (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
9 units comprising:
PSYC2018 Research Methods 2 (4.5 units)
PSYC2020 Cognition and Learning (4.5 units)*
plus 4.5 units selected from:
PSYC2019 Personality and Social Psychology (4.5 units)*
PSYC2021 Human Development (4.5 units)*
PSYC2022 Psychological Assessment and Measurement (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
9 units selected from:
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)
* Minor topics comprise of 9 units of Year 1 topics and 9 units selected from the 13.5 units of Year 2 topics marked with an asterisk.
Honours is not available for this major.