Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science (GradCertPsychSc) provides an introduction to the theoretical bases of the scientific discipline of psychology, developing skills in critical and analytical thinking, understanding the underpinnings of the professional applications of psychology, and developing capabilities in the evaluation of psychological research.

Summary

Degree Name:

Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science

Degree Code:

GradCertPsychSc

Level of Qualification:

Graduate

Duration:

2 trimesters, full time

Number of Units:

4 Units of Study (24 credit points)

Course Sequence:

see Course Guide

Study Load:

3 units per trimester, full time
1 or 2 units per trimester, part-time

Availability:

Online and On-campus - Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne

Student Placement:

N/A

Award Title: 

Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science

Cricos Code:

099624E

Note: the maximum permitted duration for this certificate is 1 year.

On completion of this Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science degree graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the application of the APS Code of Ethics to evaluating professional psychology practice within established legal, policy and professional frameworks
  2. demonstrate an awareness and respect for the complexity of cultural diversity in psychological research and practice, in particular in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  3. design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions
  4. frame research questions
  5. conduct literature searches and critically analyse theoretical and empirical studies
  6. formulate testable hypotheses, operationalise variables and choose appropriate research methodologies to answer research questions
  7. collect valid and reliable measurements, analyse data and interpret results
  8. present research findings in written research reports and oral presentations
  9. transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to peers and academics through written and verbal means as appropriate
  10. demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the core areas of study in psychology
  11. demonstrate a coherent knowledge of theory and application of a range of research methodologies
  12. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the major areas of applied psychology and of key frameworks and systems within which psychologists work
  13. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology

Graduate Attributes

Graduate attribute 1: This attribute includes broad and coherent advanced knowledge of the core areas of study in psychology, including theory and application of a range of research methodologies, major areas of applied psychology, and of key frameworks and systems within which psychologists work.

Graduate attribute 2: Research methods in psychology. This attribute covers an understanding of the characteristics of the science of psychology and the different and varied research methods used by psychologists and advanced knowledge of core of practical skills in the design, conduct and reporting of studies to address psychological questions.

Graduate Attribute 3: Critical thinking skills. This attribute includes the application of scientific method to the study of mental and behavioural problems, the examination of other modes of understanding the world and the development of other world views, and recognition of the fallacies and the biases that can affect human thinking and analysis.

Graduate Attribute 4: Values, research and professional ethics. This attribute includes the evaluation of the behaviour of psychologists in psychological research and other professional contexts and is in the context of the Australian Psychological Society “Code of Ethics”.

Graduate Attribute 5: Communication skills. This attribute includes learning how to communicate effectively orally in various settings (group discussion, presentations, both formal and informal) for various purposes using professionally accepted formats such as the American Psychological Association structure and formatting conventions.

Graduate Attribute 6: Learning and the application of psychology. This attribute includes the application of knowledge of the discipline to its broad application, including in research, professional psychology, and beyond. This attribute also includes the capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology.