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  • Objectives
    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program [Bachelor of Behavioural Science] an additional year (or two years part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the honours degree in Psychology, which is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, or to undertake an honours program in the other related discipline studied. Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) also may be studied in combined degrees programs with Bachelor of Arts (four years full-time or the equivalent part-time), Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (five-and-a-half years full-time or equivalent) or Bachelor of Laws (five years full-time or equivalent). COURSE AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES This course is designed to develop knowledge of the factors influencing human behaviour and experience, and to provide skills for the application of this knowledge to issues in work, education and community affairs. Psychology provides the core set of studies covering such fields as learning, motivation, personality, development across the lifespan, social influences, group processes and biological influences on behaviour. These core studies are linked to study in one other discipline, which provides some of the knowledge required for a multidisciplinary understanding of human development and adjustment. Learning outcomes Students will gain knowledge and skills in relation to: * influences on human behaviour, both normal and abnormal; * the principles and techniques of psychological research; * psychological and behavioural assessments; * integration of psychological principles with other behavioural sciences; * discipline-based writing skills and APA-style conventions.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) is an innovative course developed to link psychology with other disciplines involved in the study of human behaviour and experience.

    This degree will allow you to combine psychology with studies in another area of interest. Each of the 13 possible disciplines is concerned, at least in part, with the behaviour of people in different areas of human activity.  

    You will acquire a breadth of knowledge and a repertoire of skills that will make you an effective communicator and problem solver - both vital for careers working with people.

    These include interpersonal and listening skills, teamwork, negotiating skills, behavioural analysis of problems and the evaluation of options, oral presentation, report writing, research techniques, data analysis, and computer applications.

    What is Behavioural Science (Psychology)?

    Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour. Psychologists are interested in how we learn, think and interact with others, what motivates our actions and the role of personality and individual differences in behaviour.

    While psychology has played a central part in the development of knowledge about human behaviour, other disciplines have also played a significant role. Behavioural science includes the study of these wider disciplines.

    Why study Behavioural Science (Psychology) at Flinders?

       
    * Our School of Psychology is one of the most respected in its field in Australia. Our achievements in teaching and research have been formally recognised as outstanding in a number of internal and external reviews over the past decade.
       
    * Our School's strengths are broadly located in the areas of:
              o applied cognitive psychology
              o clinical/health psychology
              o development across the lifespan
              o social psychology
              o psychophysiology/neuroscience.
       
    * Our concentration of internationally renowned researchers in fundamental areas of human cognition address issues as diverse as autism, brain function, decision making, eating disorders, eyewitness memory, human adaptation throughout the lifespan, social justice, trauma reactions and sleep disorders.
       
    * We actively support the teaching of psychology in high schools by running workshops and seminars for students and teachers, a continuing education program for teachers, and free online learning tools.

    Professional recognition

    The course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society. If you wish to apply to register to practise as a psychologist in South Australia (as in most states) you must complete an Honours Year in Psychology and either 2 years of supervised experience or a Master of Psychology degree or equivalent.

    Combined degree options
    Combine with                                          Duration
    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice     5.5 years
    Bachelor of Arts                                         4 years

         
    Undergraduate: Course rule and topic information
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
    (BBehavSc(Psych))

    Program of study
    Honours Degree | Combined degrees programs

    INTRODUCTION

    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program [Bachelor of Behavioural Science] an additional year (or two years part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

    Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the honours degree in Psychology, which is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, or to undertake an honours program in the other related discipline studied.

    Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) also may be studied in combined degrees programs with Bachelor of Arts (four years full-time or the equivalent part-time), Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (five-and-a-half years full-time or equivalent) or Bachelor of Laws (five years full-time or equivalent).

    COURSE AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course is designed to develop knowledge of the factors influencing human behaviour and experience, and to provide skills for the application of this knowledge to issues in work, education and community affairs.

    Psychology provides the core set of studies covering such fields as learning, motivation, personality, development across the lifespan, social influences, group processes and biological influences on behaviour. These core studies are linked to study in one other discipline, which provides some of the knowledge required for a multidisciplinary understanding of human development and adjustment.

    Learning outcomes

    Students will gain knowledge and skills in relation to:

        * influences on human behaviour, both normal and abnormal;
        * the principles and techniques of psychological research;
        * psychological and behavioural assessments;
        * integration of psychological principles with other behavioural sciences;
        * discipline-based writing skills and APA-style conventions.



    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.

    This must include:

        * a major sequence in Psychology, as set out below;

        *a major sequence* in one of 13 other disciplines:
        
     Biological Sciences
          Computer Studies [Information Systems], [Knowledge Management]
          Criminal Justice
          Disability and Community Rehabilitation
          Education Studies
          Health Studies
          Legal Studies
          Management
          Neuroscience
          Philosophy
          Public Policy Studies
          Sociology
          Women's Studies

    * Students who complete more than 75 units of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and are approved to graduate with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree are required to complete only the first two levels of the major sequence in the related discipline.

    To complete the 108 units, topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided entry and course requirements are met and that at least 27 units but no more than 45 units of First Year topics are included. With the permission of the Faculty Board, up to 54 units may be taken by cross-institutional study at an approved institution.

    Not all topics in Psychology or the other disciplines listed in the following sections are necessarily available in a given year.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    MAJOR SEQUENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY


    To be undertaken by all students. In special circumstances, requests for variations to the program may be approved by the Director of Studies for the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology).

    55.5 units comprising:
        

    First Year

    PSYC1101
    Psychology 1A
    4.5

    PSYC1102
    Psychology 1B
    4.5

    PSYC1103
    Basics of Behavioural Research
    4.5
        

    Second Year

    PSYC2009
    Basic Research Design and Data Analysis
    6

    PSYC2016
    Cognition and Learning
    6

    PSYC2013
    Personality and Social Psychology
    6

    PSYC2017
    Human Development
    6
        

    Third Year

    PSYC3001
    Research Methods
    3

    PSYC3045
    Psychological Assessment: Basic Principles
    3

    PSYC3231
    Skills for Behavioural Scientists
    3
        

    and at least 9 units of Third Year psychology topics from the following list:

    PSYC3031
    Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
    3

    PSYC3033
    Development During Adulthood and Ageing
    3

    PSYC3036
    Psychophysiology of Awareness
    3

    PSYC3039
    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
    3

    PSYC3048
    Introduction to Neuropsychology
    3

    PSYC3049
    Human Factors: Flying Planes, Virtual Reality and Human Error
    3

    PSYC3050
    Child Development in Cultural Context
    3

    PSYC3136
    Psychophysiology of Awareness (Practical) *
    3

    PSYC3226
    Forensic Psychology
    3

    PSYC3227
    Motivation, Cognition and Emotion
    3

    PSYC3229
    Psychology of Trauma
    3

    PSYC3230
    Psychology of Food, Eating, and Body Image
    3

    PSYC3232
    Social Justice
    3

    PSYC3233
    Psychology of Work and Organisations
    3

    PSYC3234
    The Psychology of Emotions
    3

    * May only be taken in conjunction with PSYC3036.

    Not all elective topics are available every year.

    Students must complete all First Year Psychology topics before commencing studies in the Third Year of the program.

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