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Inherent requirements for Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

The statements below specify the course requirements of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology for student admission and progression. Inherent requirements for this course are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills, and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with professional practice in the areas of psychology and criminal justice, for example law enforcement and legal work, are time sensitive where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to clients’ or others’ safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. They should be read in conjunction with other course information and the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules and Standards.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand what it is like to complete Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology. Further information about the courses is available in course guides and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

Successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides you with the Foundational Competencies in psychology and may enable you to work in the criminal justice system as well as pursue post-graduate study in criminology, law, or psychology. Following completion you are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), which constitutes the Pre-Professional Competencies in psychology. It is following the undertaking of an accredited Pre-Professional Competencies course that you are eligible to embark on the pathways to registration as a psychologist. For further information you should visit the Australian Psychological Society Pathways to Being a Psychologist and Psychology Board of Australia websites. You should always consider the inherent requirements for any programs you might consider following completion of this course.

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology.

  • Ethical behaviour  
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication  
  • Cognition  
  • Relational skills  
  • Reflective skills 
  • Sustainable performance 

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Students need a theoretical and practical awareness of the values of the scientific community and of the broader society, including responsible and ethical research practices and any relevant codes of conduct applying to field placement settings, and to be able to behave in ways consistent with these values.
  2. Student demonstrates ethical behaviour towards fellow students, College staff, and members of the wider community, as well as behaving with academic integrity.
  3. Why is ethical behaviour an inherent requirement?
    Compliance with recognised values of society, and the scientific disciplines of psychology and criminology, facilitates safe and competent interactions and relationships for students and the people with whom they engage. This supports the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of all parties.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the ethical behaviour requirement must ensure that any policies or procedures are not compromised or result in unethical behaviour.
  5. Examples of ways in which ethical behaviour applies to this course
    Being aware of sensitive and confidential material in a field placement setting and adherence to field placement organizational standards and practices.
    Appropriately acknowledging sources in the preparation of written assignments.
    Displaying sensitivity to others’ experiences and opinions in discussions as part of course work.
    Complying with codes and guidelines of ethical conduct with respect to research.

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Behavioural stability is required for students to be able to function and adapt effectively in a program of study in psychology and criminology.
  2. Student demonstrates the ability to work constructively and professionally, both individually and with others in academic and field placement settings, and to be accountable for their own actions, including a capacity to interact with sensitive materials relating to dimensions of human psychology.
  3. Why is behavioural stability an inherent requirement?
    Psychological training requires that students are able to apply psychological knowledge to personal development, including articulating ideas, regulating one’s emotions and behaviours, and solving everyday problems.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the behavioural stability requirement ensure stable, effective and safe behaviour in academic settings.
  5. Examples of ways in which behavioural stability applies to this course
    Regulating emotional reactions to course related materials, which may be of a sensitive nature.

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Legal compliance is necessary for appropriate engagement in a program of study on criminology.
  2. Students demonstrate knowledge of, respect for, and engages in legally compliant behaviour in practice.
  3. Why should legal compliance be included as an inherent requirement?
    Knowledge, understanding, and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements are necessary pre-requisite to field placements.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the legal compliance requirement must be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  5. Examples of ways legal compliance applies to this course
    Complying with legal requirements necessary to be eligible for specific field placements.
    Within the field placement setting, it is required that students behave in a legally compliant manner.

Verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement for psychology and criminology.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
    The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.
    The ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.
    Timely, clear feedback and reporting.
  3. Why is verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.
    Effective interactive communication with peers, academic staff, field placement supervisors and other relevant parties in field placement and academic settings is fundamental to criminology and psychology study and functionality.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the verbal communication requirement must ensure effectiveness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate response.
  5. Examples of ways in which verbal communication applies to this course
    Delivering oral presentations with peers.
    Responding appropriately to an information request in the classroom.
    Using appropriate language with staff and clients in a field placement setting.

Non-verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to criminology and psychology practice and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgmental.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues.
    Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours.
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
  3. Why is non-verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    The ability to understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.
    Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.
    Being sensitive to individual and/or cultural differences displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships that are essential for effective professional practice.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the non-verbal communication requirement must enable the recognition, appropriate response or initiation of effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner.
  5. Examples of ways in which non-verbal communication applies to this course
    Recognising and responding appropriately in classroom situations.
    Demonstrating awareness of cross-cultural differences in non-verbal communication.

Written

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective written communication, in English, is a fundamental criminology and psychology student responsibility.
  2. Student demonstrates capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances.
  3. Why is written communication included as an inherent requirement?
    Construction of text-based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter. 
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the written communication requirement must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information.
  5. Examples of ways in which this inherent requirement applies to this course
    Constructing an essay to academic standards.
    In a field placement setting, undertaking written work to a professional standard, such as file or case notes.
    Tailoring written communication style to a variety of different formats and data, such as essays, online discussion forums, and scientific reports.

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition, literacy (language), and numeracy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective cognitive skills are required to successfully navigate the academic requirements of the course and provide professional and competent criminology practice.
  2. Students demonstrate the capacity to process, synthesise, and recall information.
  3. Why are knowledge and cognitive skills inherent requirements?
    Understanding, applying, and evaluating psychological and criminological knowledge requires the ability to locate and integrate information from a range of sources.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the knowledge or cognitive skills requirements must ensure the student’s capacity to demonstrate their individual knowledge and cognitive skills.
  5. Examples of ways in which knowledge and cognitive skills apply to this course
    Selecting and evaluating relevant information in order to prepare a critical review of the literature.

Literacy (language)

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Competent literacy skills are essential to ensure the comprehension and communication of discipline knowledge.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    The ability to comprehend written information in English presented in a variety of styles.
    The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner.
  3. Why is literacy (language) an inherent requirement?
    The demonstration of understanding of major concepts, theories, and scientific findings, and the ability to explain these, is an important psychology and criminology graduate attribute.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the literacy (language) requirement must ensure the student's ability to demonstrate the minimum acceptable capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information.
  5. Examples of ways in which literacy (language) applies to this course
    Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions, including avoidance of plagiarism.
    Reading and synthesising written instructions in order to understand and respond to assessment requirements.

Numeracy

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Competent and accurate numeracy skills are essential to the comprehension and application of scientific method.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    Capacity to accurately interpret numerical measurements and analyses in computerised formats using statistical software.
  3. Why is numeracy an inherent requirement?
    The ability to read, decode, interpret, and communicate numerical information is essential to the scientific basis of psychology.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the numeracy requirement must ensure the student's ability to demonstrate the capacity to competently and accurately manage numerical data.
  5. Examples of ways in which numeracy applies to this course
    Performing calculations and statistical analysis using statistical software packages and other tools, such as calculators and online resources.

Inherent requirement statements

  1. The discipline and profession of psychology requires respectful academic, personal, and professional relationships with others.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with academic staff and peers.
    Capacity to demonstrate high standards of interpersonal skill and personal integrity in relationships with others.
  3. Why are relational skills an inherent requirement?
    Working respectfully with others in groups and dyads is essential to successfully complete the course.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the relational skills requirement must ensure student demonstrate effective relational skills. 
  5. Examples of ways in which relational skills applies to this course
    Relating effectively, openly, and sensitively to academic staff and peers to facilitate an effective learning environment and manage one’s own academic progress.
    Demonstrating sensitivity to others personal and cultural values in class discussions.
    Working with others in groups on learning activities and assessments.

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Students require the capacity to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    Capacity to reflect on personal experiences and learn from them.
    Insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles.
    Capacity for independent learning in a changing scientific and professional context.
  3. Why are reflective skills inherent requirements?
    The ability to understand and apply psychological principles to a wide range of situations and contexts is a key graduate attribute of psychology students, and the capacity for reflection is an important component of this process.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the reflective skills requirement must ensure the student’s ability to demonstrate an acceptable minimum capacity in this area.
  5. Examples of ways in which reflective skills apply to this course
    Identifying how one's ability to relate to others may impede or enhance work with peers and academic teachers in classroom practice settings.
    Accurately assessing one’s own performance in assessments and integrating feedback effectively into subsequent tasks.

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Successful completion of this course requires achievement of a minimum level of sustained mental and physical stamina.
  2. Students demonstrate:
    Capacity to meet minimum attendance requirements.
    Capacity to complete all compulsory assessments.
    Capacity to complete the course units within the maximum period of enrolment.
    Capacity to complete examinations.
  3. Why is sustainable performance an inherent requirement?
    Minimum attendance requirements and compulsory assessments are features of the course.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the sustainable performance requirement must facilitate the completion of compulsory components of the course within acceptable timeframes.
  5. Examples of ways in which sustainable performance applies to this course
    Attendance at scheduled tutorials in each unit of enrolment
    Maintaining an adequate completion rate of units to ensure course completed within the maximum allowable duration.
    Completion of examinations under appropriate conditions are a requirement of many units.