Credit points: 60

Subject outline

External applicants with excellent results in a three-year psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and La Trobe graduates from earlier years with the APAC accredited 3-year sequence in psychology, apply through the School. The main components of the course are several seminars covering evidence-based psychological assessment and evidence-based practice, theoretical and empirical topics in psychology, ethical and professional issues and psychological research methods, two major pieces of written work and three exams. A psychological research methods exam ensures an understanding of issues involved in research methodology and analysis. The supervised honours research projects are often closely related to ongoing staff research projects.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Ong

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites all requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Science, a minimum weighted average of 70% in PSY1EFP, PSY1HPM, PSY1CFP, PSY2PRM, PSY2COG, PSY2SOC, PSY2DEV, PSY2ACH, PSY3PAS, PSY3PIN, PSY3RPA and PSY3RPB (or the equivalent) and a high standard in other units.


Incompatible subjects PSY40HON, PSY42HON

Equivalent subjects PSY42HON

Special conditions This unit of study represents the second semester of a year-long program designed to prepare students for postgraduate studies. Students MUST complete both PSY4HNA and PSY4HNB in the one academic year. Part-time study over two years may be granted. For La Trobe students from all campuses, admission is by application only and is dependent on staff availability for thesis supervision.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Ong

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 2-hour weekly seminar in psychological research methods in semester 2."

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Twenty 2-hour seminars on psychology topics, psychological assessment, interviewing, evidence-based practice & professional issues over the course of the semester."


Assessment elementComments%
Combined assessment for PSY4HNA & PSY4HNB; one major essay equivalent to 5000-words20
an empirical research thesis equivalent to 12,000-words50
one 2-hour ethics and professional issues examinationHurdle req: research proposal (5000-word) conference summary (750-word) 2 presentations (10 & 15min) ethics application & report (1600-word) 6 colloquia summaries (2100-word) & journal (1000-word).10
one 2-hour psychological theory, assessment and practice examination10
one 3-hour psychological research methods examination10