An exploration of the workings of the human mind is not just fascinating – it is key to understanding what motivates us and how we act, learn and relate to others.
The Southern Cross University Bachelor of Psychological Science takes students on a journey through the brain to dissect behaviour and cognition, and equip you with a grounding in psychological principles and theory.
You will develop strong analytical and problem solving skills, as well as proficiency in research and statistics, to ensure you are able to apply scientific approaches in professional settings.
Graduates will have opportunities for a career in a broad range of fields concerned with human behaviour including human services and social sciences, or continue with further study towards registration as a clinical psychologist.
This is a pathway to the Honours year for eligible students and to further training for registration as a psychologist.
Psychologists are employed in health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies such as the CSIRO, and in education.
Private industry is also a large employer of those with psychology degrees who receive further specialised training for work in management, human resources and corporate consultancy services.
The course has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training.
The course aims to equip students with analytical skills in solving human, organisational and community-wide problems; competency in the design of research and interpretation of research findings; and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods.
The structure moves from basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on acquisition of an understanding of the scientific principles leading to effective professional practice. Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. personal reflection, demonstration of testing methods and other assessment techniques and methods for facilitating behaviour change) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and may include written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, video or audio presentations, and written examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. All of the core units are taught in converged delivery mode, and are available to online students.