University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Course code/s: SHPYW, SHPYB, SHP

Course details
Location Albury/Wodonga Bendigo Bundoora
Course code SHPYW SHPYB SHP
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Art Stukas
Available to international students No
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Students transfer to the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus to complete the final year of their degree.

Course description

The Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) is a coherent program of study in psychology that includes a focus on all of the core content areas of the discipline, from biological foundations to social influences on affect, behaviour and cognition, in addition to strong training in research methods, and the opportunity for study in greater depth in specific areas where staff have research expertise.

The course prepares students for careers in a range of settings including human resources, management, and mental health and human services, in addition to positions that make use of the strong research, analytical and communication skills our students develop.

It is important to emphasise that the Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) does not qualify a graduate to work as a psychologist.

Students intending to study part-time should note that this means enrolling in a lesser workload, rather than studying after hours, as subjects are not available as evening classes.  The delivery of the course is primarily by lectures (which are recorded for later download or streaming online) and by tutorials that are delivered face-to-face to smaller groups on each campus. In line with the School's commitment to increasing flexible learning opportunities, some subjects involve online and self-directed components.

The degree requires the completion of 480 credit points, consisting of 120 credit points accrued from subjects taken at each of the first-, second-, third- and fourth-year levels.

An additional requirement is that students must successfully complete a minimum of 180 credit points of psychology subjects across the first three years of the degree, as well as a 15 credit point statistics subject, with no less than 135 credit points of psychology accrued from subjects at second- and third-year level.

Students must also complete the two Honours year subjects in the fourth year of study.

Note that the six third-year psychology subject electives (each worth 15 credit points) will be available in alternate years;  PSY3NBC, PSY3RTP and PSY3CCG will be available in even years, PSY3CNN, PSY3HAR and PSY3ASD will be available in odd years. These subjects may be taken by both second- and third-year students in the course.  One elective placement subject worth 30 credit points PSY3PFP is also available every year over the summer semester which is typically taken between the second and third year of the course.

Subjects taught by the School of Psychology and Public Health and which normally are components of the degree are PSY1EFP, PSY1HPM, PSY1CFP, PSY2COG, PSY2PRM, PSY2ACH, PSY2DEV, PSY2SOC, PSY3PAS, PSY3PIN, PSY3RPA, and PSY3RPB.  Students must also take STA1PSY, STA1STM or STA1CTS offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics depending on their campus location.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Acquire, assess, and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts.
Collect, analyse, and evaluate information and ideas and solve problems using a scientific approach.
Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences and show sensitivity to the diversity across people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, when applying knowledge and skills of psychology.
Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
Distinguish appropriate values and ethics in psychology.
Employ interpersonal skills and teamwork.
At the completion of the fourth (Honours) year of this degree, graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a field of study in psychology.
Identify and critically evaluate the principles underpinning evidence-based assessment of personality and intelligence, including administering and interpreting commonly used psychological assessment instruments with well-developed judgement.
Choose suitable methodologies to address psychological questions, and analyse and interpret data appropriately to draw conclusions.
Justify the roles and responsibilities of psychologists in terms of ethical and legal issues, and professional conduct.
Conduct research projects that include review of empirical literature, appropriate research design and methodology, suitable data collection and proper analysis and interpretation of findings.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) may be undertaken in four years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science PSY1EFP 15
TE-SEM-1 History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological Science PSY1HPM 15
TE-SEM 2 Clinical Foundations of Psychological Science PSY1CFP 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students must select 60 credit points of first year elective subjects offered anywhere within the University.  PSY1BNA and PSY1BNB are highly recommended   60
Student must undertake one of the following campus specific 15 credit point statistics subjects:
TE-SEM-2 Statistics for Psychology (Bundoora) STA1PSY 15
TE-SEM-2 Statistical Methods (Bendigo) STA1STM
TE-SEM-2 Critical thinking with Statistics (Albury/Wodonga) STA1CTS

Key:*LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Highly recommended first year electives
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience 1A PSY1BNA 15
TE-SEM-2 Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience 1B PSY1BNB 15

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Cognition PSY2COG 15
TE-SEM-1 Psychological Research Methods PSY2PRM 15
TE-SEM 2 Abnormal, Clinical and Health Psychology PSY2ACH 15
TE-SEM-2 Developmental Psychology PSY2DEV 15
TE-SEM-2 Social Psychology PSY2SOC 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students must select 45 credit points of second or third-year level elective subjects offered anywhere within the University.  Highly recommended subjects are listed in the following table   45
Highly recommended second year electives
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology1, 2 PSY3CNN 15
TE-SEM-1 Psychology of Human-Animal Relationships1, 2 PSY3HAR 15
TE-SEM-1 Neural Bases of Consciousness1,3 PSY3NBC 15
TE-SEM-1 Close Relationships: Theory and Practice1,3 PSY3RTP 15
TE-SEM-2 Psychology or Culture, Communities and Global Citizenship 1,3 PSY3CCG 15
TE-SEM-2 Autism Spectrum Disorders1,2 PSY3ASD 15
TE-SEM-SUM Psychology Field Placement PSY3PFP 30

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Psychological Assessment PSY3PAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Research Project in Psychology A PSY3RPA 15
TE-SEM 2 Psychological Interventions PSY3PIN 15
TE-SEM-2 Research Project in Psychology B PSY3RPB 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students must select 60 credit points of third-year level elective subjects offered anywhere within the University.  Highly recommended subjects are listed in the following table   60
Highly recommended third year electives
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology1, 2 PSY3CNN 15
TE-SEM-1 Psychology of Human-Animal Relationships1, 2 PSY3HAR 15
TE-SEM-1 Neural Bases of Consciousness1, 3 PSY3NBC 15
TE-SEM-1 Close Relationships: Theory and Practice1, 3 PSY3RTP 15
TE-SEM-2 Psychology or Culture, Communities and Global Citizenship 1, 3 PSY3CCG 15
TE-SEM-2 Autism Spectrum Disorders1, 2 PSY3ASD 15
TE-SEM-SUM Psychology Field Placement PSY3PFP 30

Key: 1 These subjects will be available in alternate years and will be available as electives in the second or third year in the Bachelor of Psychology (Hons).
2 These subjects will be available in 2017.
3 These subjects will be available in 2018.

Progression to Fourth year (Honours)

Students wishing to progress automatically through to the fourth (honours) year must have achieved a 75% weighted average mark. The weightings used to determine this emphasise achievement in third year core subjects, as shown below:
First Year (weighted 10%): PSY1EFP , PSY1CFP , PSY1HPM , and one of: STA1PSY , STA1STM or STA1CTS
Second Year (weighted 35%): PSY2PRM , PSY2COG , PSY2ACH , PSY2DEV , PSY2SOC
Third Year (weighted 55%): PSY3PAS , PSY3PIN , PSY3RPA , PSY3RPB
Students who achieve less than 75% using this formula are subject to a competitive merit based entry process or may exit from the course with the award of Bachelor of Psychological Science. Students who exit with this qualification may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours single year program in future years through normal selection processes.

Fourth year - Honours

Fourth year - Honours (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Honours Psychology PSY4HNA 60
TE-SEM-2 Honours Psychology PSY4HNB 60

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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