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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

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CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Business (Management) provides graduates with the skills to become effective marketing managers and professionally responsible business people who have a sound understanding of the psychological principles of human behaviour.

  • Why study this course?

    This four-year double degree allows students to graduate with the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Business (Management).

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) provides graduates with an understanding of the basis of human behaviour. Students will gain a number of analytic and service directed skills that have relevance to a broad range of employment areas in human services including research. Specifically, the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) provides students with an education in the discipline of psychology and an introduction to the application of psychology. It also develops students' understanding of the research process in psychology.

    CSU's Business degree has a national reputation for excellence. Graduates have good prospects in a wide range of career paths in private and government organisations. The Bachelor of Business (Management) blends contemporary management theory with current industry practice to provide professional qualification requirements needed to prepare students for general and specialist careers in marketing and related fields. It aims to develop critical analysis, scientific method and fundamental thinking, and prepares students to ask the right questions, search for relevant data and interpret results. Students can expect to develop communication skills such as rational argument, critical evaluation and effective listening and writing.

    The course will help students become acquainted with the substance of business so that they can aspire to accept responsibility and learn to manage technical and organisational change. It will also provide students with skills to become effective managers, able to understand the needs of their subordinates, apply technology, and have an extensive knowledge of the political, economic and social environment.

    The end result will be a depth of understanding that will help students become successful, ethical and professionally responsible business people.
    Professional recognition

     The minimum academic requirement for provisional registration as a Psychologist is completion of a four-year APAC accredited sequence of study in Psychology. The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a three-year sequence of study in Psychology. Graduates of this course may apply for admission to a fourth-year course in psychology in order to meet the requirements for provisional registration as a Psychologist.

    Only students enrolled in APAC-accredited courses are eligible for student subscribership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak professional body for Psychology; the minimum requirement for APS membership is completion of a four year APAC-accredited sequence of study.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (Management) is a four year degree, comprising 32 subjects:

        a minimum of 13 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
        1 Psychology elective (8 points);
        2 core sociology subjects (8 points each);
        11 core Business subjects (8 points each)
        3 Business restricted electives (Set A) (8 points each)
        2 Business restricted electives (Set B) (8 points each)

    Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

    Core Subjects

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
    and at least three of the following subjects
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    PSY307 Cognition
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    * Students studying by distance education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

    Psychology Electives

    One subject chosen from the remaining core Level 3 psychology subjects and from:
    PSY211 Psychology of Crime
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
    PSY219 Psychology International Experience
    PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
    or any other subject offered by the Faculty of Arts provided prerequisites or assumed knowledge requirements are satisfied

    Compulsory Sociology Subjects

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality
     

    Bachelor of Business (Management)

    Core Subjects

    All of the following
    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    MGT100 Organisations & Management
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture
    MGT310 Operations Management
    MGT330 Business Strategy (Capstone Subject)
    MGT340 International Business Management
    QBM120 Business Data Analysis

    plus at least three (3) Restricted Electives (Set A)  from

    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    plus at least two (2) Restricted Electives (Set B) from

    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ITC105 Communication & Information Management
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time on Campus

    Year 1

    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    MGT100 Organisations & Management
    QBM120 Business Data Analysis

    Session 2

    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    One from restricted elective (Set B):
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society

    Year 2

    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    [Psych] Elective
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    One from restricted electives (Set B):
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society

    Session 2

    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

    Year 3

    Session 1

    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    PSY208 Biopsychology
    MGT310 Operations Management

    One from restricted electives (Set A):
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Session 2

    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    MGT340 International Business Management

    Year 4

    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    One of
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality

    Two from restricted electives (Set A):
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Session 2

    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY307 Cognition
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    MGT330 Business Strategy

    Part-time by Distance Education

    Year 1

    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    MGT100 Organisations & Management

    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    One from restricted electives (Set B):
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society

    Year 2

    Session 1

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    QBM120 Business Data Analysis

    Session 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1

    Year 3

    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    One from restricted electives (Set B):
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society

    Session 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour

    Year 4

    Session 1

    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing

    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    MGT230 Ethics Sustainability & Culture

    Year 5

    Session 1

    BUS220 Workplace Place Learning 2

    One from restricted electives (Set A):
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Session 2
    PSY208 Biopsychology

    One from restricted electives (Set A):
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Year 6

    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    HRM210 Human Resource Management

    Session 2

    [Psych] Elective
    MGT340 International Business Management

    Year 7

    Session 1

    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    MGT310 Operations Management

    Session 2

    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3

    Year 8

    Session 1

    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    One from restricted electives (Set A):
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT220 E-Commerce
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Session 2

    MGT330 Business Strategy
    One of
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY307 Cognition
    * a compulsory residential school is applicable for this subject

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

  • Admission information

    Admission is normally based on standard CSU and UAC admission requirements for undergraduate courses

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKABC
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNIABC
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYNNEABC
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN211017

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    060450K (Bathurst)

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  • About the School

    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS013 - Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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