Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Integrated Honours

includes:

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Psychology

Awards

The course includes the following awards:

Bachelor of Psychology BPsych

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) BPsych(Hons)

Availability

Bachelor of Psychology (2420PY)

On Campus - Bathurst
On Campus - Port Macquarie
On Campus - Wagga Wagga
Online - Bathurst

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Normal Course Duration

Bachelor of Psychology

Full-time: 4 years (or part-time equivalent)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Full-time: 4 years (or part-time equivalent)

Course duration is the effective time taken to complete a course when studied full-time (full-time equivalent duration). Students are advised to consult the Enrolment Pattern to determine length of study. Not all courses are offered in full-time mode.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Admission to the Honours stream is based upon performance in the level 2 and 3 core PSY subjects.
Bachelor of Psychology

Applicants for the Bachelor of Psychology must meet the following Admission Requirements:

A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of at least 75 (including adjustment factors)
OR
Have completed at least 8 subjects or more of a Bachelor (or higher) level qualification with a GPA of 5.0.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirement for the Bachelor of Psychology may be eligible for entry into CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). This course is identical to the first three years (equivalent full-time) of the Bachelor of Psychology.  There is an established course transfer pathway between the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Psychology in the third year.

English Language Proficiency

An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6 with no individual score below 5.5 or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent as outlined in the CSU Concordance Table.

Credit

CSU Credit Policy

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
No special arrangements apply
Bachelor of Psychology

No special arrangements apply.

Articulation

The Honours and Bachelor [Exit Point Only] make up an articulated set of courses and credit is given in each higher level course for the subjects completed in the lower.

Graduation Requirement

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

Bachelor of Psychology

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four year degree that splits into two strands in fourth year, a pass strand and an honours strand. Progression into fourth year is dependent upon a high level of academic performance. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression into fourth year will transfer to and graduate from the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) which is a three year degree.

The pass strand comprises:

  • twenty (20) core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • one (1) compulsory sociology subject (8 points each);
  • a minor of six (6) subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two (2) electives (8 points each); and
  • a research project (24 points)

The Honours strand comprises:

  • nineteen (19) core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • one (1) compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each);
  • a minor of six (6) subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two (2) electives (8 points each); and
  • a dissertation (32 points)

Core Level 1 to 3 Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning
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*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
* Students studying online education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Compulsory Sociology Subject

SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Minor

Students must take a minor of six subjects, at least one of which must be at Level 3, in one of the discipline areas listed below. Subjects are delivered internally at the campus or campuses specified in parentheses, however all minor sequences are also available online.

  • Biology (Wagga Wagga)
  • English (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
  • Communication (Bathurst)
  • History and Politics (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
  • Human Resource Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
  • Information Technology (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
  • Justice Studies (Bathurst & Port Macquarie)
  • Law (Bathurst)
  • Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
  • Marketing (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (Wagga Wagga)
  • Philosophy (Wagga Wagga)
  • Social Welfare (Wagga Wagga)
  • Sociology (Wagga Wagga)

Note: Students who choose Sociology as a minor complete five sociology subjects (one of which must be a Level 3 subject) in addition to the compulsory sociology subject (SOC101); they will need to choose three electives.

Details of the subjects included in each of these minors may be obtained from ask@csu.edu.au. On-campus students may have to complete some or all subjects in their chosen minor via online delivery. Students may take any six subjects from one of the areas listed provided they meet the prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements and include at least one Level 3 subject. A minor in another discipline may be taken with the approval of the Course Director: email ask@csu.edu.au.

Electives

The two electives (three if the minor is in Sociology) can be chosen from any of the discipline areas listed above or from the following psychology electives:
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY218 Psychology of Addiction
PSY219 Psychology International Experience
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Pass Strand

Progression into the pass strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of between 5.0 and 5.99 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these criteria will complete:
PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)*
PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice*
and two from:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment*
PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
* Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Honours Strand

Progression into the honours strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these requirements, and whose application to transfer into the Honours strand is successful, will complete:
PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)*
and two from:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment*
PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
* Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Key Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

Enrolment Pattern

Suggested Enrolment Patterns

The following enrolment patterns illustrate how the course is usually completed at a full-time rate over four years for on-campus students, and at a part-time rate over eight years for students stuyding online. On-campus students may take advantage of the accelerated enrolment patterns set out for the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) course, in order to complete the first three years of this course over two calendar years. Students who choose this option will need to ensure that they satisfy the Bachelor of Psychology course requirements. They will not be able to base any claim of special consideration on their chosen study pattern e.g., as it may relate to academic performance and progression to fourth year or transfer to Honours.

On campus (Bathurst)

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
[ ] Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the online education mode only

Year 4
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in online education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Pass Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

Honours Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Honours Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
# the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

On campus (Port Macquarie)

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY307 Cognition
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
[ ] Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the online education mode only

Year 4
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in online education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Pass Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

Honours Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Honours Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
#the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

On campus (Wagga Wagga)

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
[ ] Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the online education mode only

Year 4
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in online education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Pass Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

Honours Stream (Bathurst)
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Honours Stream (Wagga Wagga)
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
#the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

Online education

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning

Year 2
Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
Session 2
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 4
Session 1

[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Years 5-6
Students must complete:
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Session 1)
PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 1)
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (Session 2)

Year 5
Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Year 6
Session 1

[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Years 7-8
All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered via online education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

Pass Stream (Bathurst)

Year 7
Session 1

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Year 8
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

Pass Stream (Wagga Wagga)

Year 7
Session 1

Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Year 8
Session 1

PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^

Session 2
PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

Honours Stream (Bathurst)

Year 7
Session 1

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Session 2
Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

Year 8
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)

Honours Stream (Wagga Wagga)

Year 7
Session 1

Two of:
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

Session 2
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

Year 8
Session 1

PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#

Session 2
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
# the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

Residential School

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Residential School component. Further details of Residential School requirements are located via the subject page

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
PSY422 Forensic Psychology
PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation
PSY425 Cognitive Science
PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
PSY436 Research Project
PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice

Enrolled students can find further information about CSU Residential Schools via at About Residential School

Professional Accreditation

The accrediting body for all psychology courses is the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The peak professional body is the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Contact

For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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