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Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology)

Course Description

Psychology, Social Science
Undergraduate Degree

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and explain human behaviour and relationships. Students complete a variety of research projects and develop critical real-world project management, research design and report-writing skills.

Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions including in: community and mental health, human resource management, policy development, research, welfare, journalism, marketing and advertising.

In addition, this course provides a first step to becoming a professional psychologist. After completing a degree with an APAC accredited major in psychology, students may apply to undertake a fourth year in psychology and then further study in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, clinical, organisational, and sports psychology.

Job Outcomes

Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions. These include employment in:

  • Community and mental health
  • Human resource management
  • Policy development
  • Research
  • Welfare
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and advertising

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) graduates will be able to:

  1. Systematic review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
  2. Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
  3. Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
  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
  6. Interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
  7. Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international contexts

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 the 3 introductory units(PSY10003 Psychology 100, STA10003 Foundations of Statistics, PSY10004 Psychology 101)

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.

Profesional recognition

Swinburne’s Psychology major incorporates the Psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

About Open Universities Australia

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