Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

167999 v.5 Bachelor of Psychology

BPsych(Curtin) OR BPsych(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 041070B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


Psychology encompasses all aspects of human behaviour, using tested theoretical frameworks to examine, explain and predict what we do as individuals and in groups. The four-year general applied psychology program emphasises the application of knowledge to problems arising in professional practice, and graduates are equipped to move directly into the workforce as provisionally registered psychologists. It also provides an understanding of the theoretical framework within which various approaches and techniques have been developed. Experimental design relevant to applied research is an important part of the course.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

None. One TEE mathematics subject desirable.

Specific Requirements

STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening/Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is four years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

Whilst the principal focus is on psychology, the course also provides a broad appreciation of human behaviour and experience by including studies in social sciences and other disciplines. Students are required to pursue a subject other than psychology asa minor study. High achieving students may be selected to participate in the Honours stream in the fourth year of the course. Due to stringent registration requirements, students not attaining a credit average in third-year should consider transferring to the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) course to exit with that award. These students may apply for admission into the fourth-year of the Bachelor of Psychology after some work experience and demonstration of their ability to complete fourth year studiessuccessfully.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the four-year program are eligible to apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and provisional registration. In Western Australia two years supervised psychological practice after fourth year or completionof a two-year masters program is required for full registration as a psychologist. For full membership of the APS, a masters degree is required.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

For details on the honours classes refer to the General Section of the Handbook.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

12961 v.2   Psychology 115 - Professional Practice 3.0 25.0
13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
1916 v.6   Research Methods 111 1.5 12.5
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 2

13020 v.2   Psychology 124 3.0 25.0
1917 v.6   Research Methods 112 1.75 12.5
7296 v.5   Physiological Psychology 110 3.0 25.0
9852 v.8   Psychology 116 - Professional Practice 1.5 12.5

Year 2 Semester 1

2498 v.7   Research Methods 215 4.0 25.0
2499 v.5   Psychology 211 (Learning & Motivation) 3.0 25.0
2652 v.4   Psychology 214 (Perception) 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

2701 v.4   Psychology 210 (Personality) 3.0 25.0
2702 v.4   Psychology 219 (Developmental) 3.0 25.0
8512 v.5   Research Methods 225 4.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

11101 v.2   Psychology 327 (Abnormal Psychology) 3.0 25.0
9845 v.4   Psychology 323 (Cognition) 3.0 25.0
9846 v.4   Research Methods 321 4.0 25.0
9848 v.4   Psychology 322 (Social Psychology) 3.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 2

12963 v.2   Psychology 328 (Cross-Cultural) 3.0 25.0
9844 v.5   Psychology 321 (Abilities) 3.0 25.0
9849 v.5   Research Methods 322 4.0 25.0
9850 v.5   Psychology 324 3.0 25.0

Year 4

306066 v.1   Psychology Fourth Year Stream   200.0
306067 v.1   Honours Psychology Stream   200.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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