University of Canberra Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) (769AA) Course Duration



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University of Canberra

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) (769AA)

Course Duration 1 year full-time study or equivalent part-time. Maximum six semesters. Students commencing in Semester 2 can only enrol part-time.
About the course

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) course provides Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and is designed for psychology graduates seeking an APAC accredited Honours course in psychology, with a view to postgraduate research or coursework studies in psychology, or internship for registration as a psychologist. It emphasises conducting and reporting psychological research, and provides a practical introduction to the bases for cognitive and personality assessments, and to evidence-based professional applications of psychology. The course also introduces students to the use of ethical codes in psychological research and professional practice.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the course must have:



  1. completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited 3 year sequence in psychology, or a course deemed equivalent by APAC, within the last 10 years;

  2. a Credit-average (Grade Point Average of 5.0) or higher in the required (core) second and third year psychology units to be eligible, but entry is competitive and a Distinction-average (GPA of 6) or higher in these units is typically required to gain entry.


Entry Dates – Semester 1 (full-time or part-time) or Semester 2 (part-time only)
Professional Recognition

Students who complete the course will satisfy APAC accreditation requirements for a fourth year of study in psychology, and will be eligible for Associate Membership of the APS. They may also be eligible to apply for registration as intern psychologists with the Psychologists Board of the ACT.


Applications and Course Enquiries

Applications can be lodged via http://www.canberra.edu.au/applynow

For advice on aspects of the course please contact: HealthStudentLiaison@canberra.edu.au
Course Content

The course consists of the following units:



  • Honours Thesis in Psychology

  • Research Methods and Professional Ethics PG (Parts A & B)

  • Psychological Measurement PG

  • Counselling Psychology PG


Typical Full-time Course Structure


Year 1 Semester 1

Year 1 Winter Term

Year 1 Semester 2

7366 Honours Thesis in Psychology

7375 Research Methods and Professional Ethics A PG

6489 Psychological Measurement PG


7410 Research Methods and Professional Ethics B PG


7366 Honours Thesis in Psychology cont’d

9815 Counselling Psychology PG





Unit Descriptions

7366 Honours Thesis in Psychology

The syllabus of this year-long unit is based on the requirements of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. Students will choose a supervisor and undertake a supervised research project, comprising topic definition, literature review, design, data collection and analysis, and write up a thesis of between 10,000 and 12,000 words. The project will be conducted within the appropriate ethical guidelines.




7375 Research Methods & Professional Ethics PG (Part A)

7410 Research Methods & Professional Ethics PG (Part B)*

In this year-long unit, students will study design, methodological and data analysis methods and issues relevant to applied psychological research. The professional ethical guidelines and issues of psychological research and practice will also be covered.


* Part B is taught during Winter Term.

6489 Psychological Measurement PG

In this unit, students study the principles, practice, and issues in psychological measurement and its application to psychological testing and assessment in professional settings. The unit will cover the conceptual underpinnings and psychometric aspects of test construction and evaluation. Students will gain practical experience in the administration, scoring, interpretation, and critical evaluation of selected psychological tests.


9815 Counselling Psychology PG

This unit explores theory, knowledge and methodology in the professional practice of psychology and prepares students for entry to professional psychology programs. The unit focuses on advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in the history and philosophy of psychological interventions (including psychoanalytic, behavioural, phenomenological, and cognitive-behavioural models) and develops practical interviewing and counselling skills. The unit examines evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention and counselling models and critiques the philosophical, theoretical, and empirical bases of evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention.






Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) 14/05/2015 JN



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