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Bachelor of Psychological Science

Key changes:

MULT1015 Applications in Context, MULT1025 Professions and Society and MULT1035 Sustainability and Helping Professionals become part of the Level 100 (first year) core units along two core psychology units:

  • PSYC1042 Psychology: History, Science and Application 1
  • PSYC1052 Foundational Psychological Processes

Level 200 (second year) core units are reduced from 5 to 4 and focus on foundational perspectives in psychology, providing a solid basis on which to explore the diversity of psychological topics:

  • PSYC2102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 2 (pre-requisite for other Level 200 core units and electives)
  • PSYC2112 Foundational Perspectives: Cognition
  • PSYC2122 Foundational Perspectives: Biological Bases
  • PSYC2132 Foundational Perspectives: Lifespan Development

Level 300 (third year) core units are reduced from 5 to 4 and focus on key area of the application of psychology:

  • PSYC3102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 3 (pre-requisite for other Level 300 core units and electives)
  • PSYC3112 Individual Differences and Assessment
  • PSYC3122 Abnormal Psychology and Intervention
  • PSYC3132 Social and Community Psychology

The Bachelor of Psychological Science will have a range of exciting new electives that we think will appeal to our students who are keen to study areas of applied psychology which will be rolled out over 2021 and 2022:

  • PSYC2162 Psychology of Sex and Intimate Relationships
  • PSYC3182 Applying Psychology to the Workplace
  • PSYC3212 Applying Psychology to Addictive Behaviour
  • PSYC3222 Applying Psychological Science to Everyday Life

How do I find out more?

Recommended enrolment patterns for the Bachelor of Psychological Science are available here

Core units are offered each trimester, and further information about availability of elective units can be found in the Discipline of Psychological Science planning advice here

What should I enrol in for Trimester 1, 2021?

We will be providing individualized advice to students via email, however the following principles apply:

If you have completed all of the core units at a particular level, you are considered to have completed that in the new sequence. You can therefore continue to complete electives at that level or commence units at the next level, bearing in mind that PSYC2102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 2 is a pre-requisite for all other core Level 200 units and PSYC3102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 3 is a pre-requisite for all other core Level 300 units.

For example, Abdul has completed PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1 and PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture and is enrolled in PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition in Trimester 3, 2020. If he successfully completes his unit this trimester he has completed the core Level 100 requirements. In the revised program the next core unit he will need to enrol in is PSYC2102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 2.

If you have not completed all of the core units at a particular level, you will need to complete the remaining required core units at that level.

For example, Mariam has completed PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3 in Trimester 3. This unit is the equivalent of PSYC3102 Psychology: History, Science and Application 3 in the revised program which leaves her needing to complete the remaining four core Level 300 units (PSYC3112 Individual Differences and Assessment, PSYC3122 Abnormal Psychology and Intervention and PSYC3132 Social and Community Psychology) as well as four Level 300 elective units.

What do I need to do?

If you will complete your studies by the end of the year, there is nothing you need to do! If you will still have units to complete in 2021 or beyond, it would be helpful to review your Trimester 3 enrolments so that you are in the best position when the course transitions. There is more about this in the section below.

Are there things I should think about in planning my enrolments in Trimester 3?

We are currently reviewing everyone’s enrolments this trimester and planned enrolments for Trimester 3 to ensure that this transition will go smoothly for you. If we notice anything about your plans that we think you should consider changing, we will be in touch, however the following general information applies:

If you have not yet completed all of the core units in the psychology sequence at a particular level and could do so in trimester three, then we would advise that you do so.

For example, Abdul has completed PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1 and is enrolled in PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture. These are both Level 100 units and there is one remaining Level 100 unit that he has yet to complete, PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition. We would recommend prioritising enrolling in PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition.

If you are currently doing Level 300 units and you haven’t already completed PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology, we would recommend that you enrol in that unit in Trimester 3 as it will be retired with no equivalent unit in the revised course.

For example, Mariam has completed PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3 and is planning to take three Level 300 units in Trimester 3. We would recommend that she prioritises enrolling in PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology along with any other unit she would prefer to take.