UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Lauren Taylor

I was able to study a broad range of topics in Psychology—from individual and group behaviour, to understanding the way people think; the brain, perception and human development; and of course psychological disorders. I have been encouraged to think critically and independently, work as part of a team and communicate effectively both orally and in my written work. My degree has equipped me with many professional and life skills and prepared me for postgraduate training in clinical psychology.

Psychology major

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life—seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do. How do groups communicate? Can panic be controlled? How do attitudes to alcohol consumption develop? These are just a few of the questions psychologists investigate. Studying this major will help you build a scientific understanding of human behaviour and its underlying psychological processes. You will find an emphasis on the measurement of psychological abilities such as intelligence, how these abilities develop through the life span and on the processes that govern the relationships between people and groups in society.

Psychology can be taken in the following course:

DU004 Diploma in Science

Overview of unit sequence

Psychology consists of a sequence of units chosen from those normally taken in the following undergraduate majors:

Psychology in Society
Psychological Science

Psychology normally consists of:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • eight Level 3 units

Note: Students complete between 48-78 credit points (a standard semester unit is normally worth 6 credit points). Students who have previously completed units as part of another course are not required to take them in the Diploma.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take the following core units:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC1101Psychology: Mind and BrainNone
S2PSYC1102Psychology: Behaviour in ContextNone

Level 2

Take the following core unit:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC2203Psychological Research MethodsPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context or 12 points of mathematics and/or statistics
Take two options:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/APSYC2208Psychology: Atypical DevelopmentPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC2207 Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/APSYC2209Industrial and Organisational PsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/APSYC2212Psychology and Social BehaviourPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1PSYC2213Psychology: Lifespan DevelopmentPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2PSYC2214Adult PsychopathologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology
S1PSYC2215Cognitive PsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology
N/APSYC2217Cognitive NeurosciencePrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2PSYC2218Perception and Sensory NeuropsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Level 3

Take the following core units:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC3301Psychological Research Methods: Design and AnalysisPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
S2PSYC3302Psychological Measurement and its ApplicationPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2204 Psychological Science: Theory, Research and Practice
S1PSYC3303Psychological Science in the Modern World: Challenges and ControversiesPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
S2PSYC3310Psychology: Specialist Research TopicsPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Take four options:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/APSYC3308Psychology: Atypical DevelopmentPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2207 Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/APSYC3309Industrial and Organisational PsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/APSYC3312Psychology and Social BehaviourPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1PSYC3313Psychology: Lifespan DevelopmentPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2PSYC3314Adult PsychopathologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
S1PSYC3315Cognitive PsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 PSYC unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/APSYC3317Cognitive NeurosciencePrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2PSYC3318Perception and Sensory NeuropsychologyPrerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology