Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsychSc)

Program Code

BPSYC

Academic Year

2020

Program Faculty

Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).

Overview

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is designed for students who seek to undertake a comprehensive program of study in psychology and related areas of learning. The early part of the program seeks to provide an overview of psychology as a discipline and as a profession.
The psychology courses undertaken in later years enable students to study the biological bases of behaviour; sensory perception; cognition and language; learning and memory; motivation and emotion; social psychology; developmental psychology; personality and individual differences; and mental health.  In addition to completing the major sequence in psychology, students complete 3 compuslory psychology courses covering research methodology, psychological skills and applications, and psychological perspectives on global issues.
In order to gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, students must undertake the fourth year Honours program.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Conditions

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Psychological Science

There shall be a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 24 units, which may include a second major to the value of 24 units from the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science; or a second major in Addiction Science, Human Neurosciences, Population Health, Management, Marketing or Computer Science
  3. Broadening Electives to the value of 9 units
  4. Level I courses to the value of no more than 24 units, of which 12 units are Psychology courses
  5. Level II courses  to the value of no more than 24 units, of which  15 units are Psychology courses
  6. Level III  courses  to the value of no more than 24 units, of which  12 units are Psychology courses

Second Major from Degree Program
To satisfy the requirements for Second Major from Degree Program students must complete a Major to the value of 24 units from the following programs, or from the Second Majors listed:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 39 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 1000 Psychology IA 3
PSYCHOL 1001 Psychology IB 3
PSYCHOL 1005 Research Methods in Psychology (BPsycSc) 3
PSYCHOL 1006 Psychology Skills and Applications 3

Note: Students in the graduate entry stream that have not completed Level I Psychology studies in the last 10 years must complete this course.

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 1100 Introductory Psychology 3

Level II

Note: Students in the graduate entry stream are not required to complete PSYCHOL 2008 Big Picture Psychology: Psychological Perspectives on Global Challenges (3 units)

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 2004 Doing Research in Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 2005 Foundations Health & Lifespan Development 3
PSYCHOL 2006 Foundations of Perception & Cognition 3
PSYCHOL 2007 Psychology in Society 3
PSYCHOL 2008 Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives 3

Level III

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 3020 Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced 3

and

Courses to the value of 9 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 3021 Health & Lifespan Development Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 3022 Individual Differences, Personality & Assessment 3
PSYCHOL 3023 Perception & Cognition 3
PSYCHOL 3026 Learning and Behaviour 3
PSYCHOL 3027 Psychology, Science & Society 3