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Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

Course Description

Undergraduate Degree

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies from Swinburne University of Technology is structured to enable students to acquire knowledge and skills across a variety of study areas. This breadth of knowledge is complemented by focusing the content so that students who complete the course are better equipped to understand and explain human behaviour. Compared to the APAC accredited Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies places less emphasis on advanced statistical studies, laboratory assessments and report writing.

Degree courses which include psychological studies are valued in the Australian workplace and as a result, many industries are seeking employees with qualifications in psychology.

The Psychological Studies major in this course offers a broad introduction to basic psychological elements and concepts. Students can include a co-major in Sociology or minor specialisations in the areas of Statistics, Sociology, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Indigenous Studies, Marketing and Criminology.

This degree is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Job Outcomes

Graduates are highly sought after by a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector, for careers in:

  • human services (as research officers)
  • human resource management
  • marketing and advertising
  • policy development
  • general research
  • welfare, community and youth work
  • health care settings
  • evaluation of community and human services

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, graduates will be able to:

  1. Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences
  2. Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies
  3. Critically analyse  information  to  generate  creative  solutions  to  solve  complex problems  in  the  area  of  social  and behavioural sciences
  4. Define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
  5. Apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice,individually and in collaboration with others

Entry requirements

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Social Science Pathway OR
  • Successful completion of 3 OUA undergraduate units or equivalent at pass level

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Recognition of prior learning

Advanced Standing

Students who are considering enrolling into a Swinburne undergraduate degree may apply for academic credit of up to sixteen [16] units based on prior credentialed or non-credentialed learning. Students wishing to apply for credit (referred to as ‘exemptions’) can do so on the basis of:

  • Credentialed Learning – previous formal post-secondary studies taken at another educational institution or in another sector or in another course or
  • Non-credentialed Learning – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience and/or formal training or a combination of both.

Broad Conditions

  • Only study undertaken within the last 10 years can be considered for exemption.
  • Students must complete at least eight [8] Swinburne undergraduate units to be eligible to graduate with a Swinburne undergraduate award.

Additional Information

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven’t studied before or haven’t studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what’s required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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