About this 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.

Second Major

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 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Take the following core unit:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC1101Psychology: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 2

Take the following core units:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC2203Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/APSYC2208Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2207 Psychology: Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development
S1PSYC2215Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology
N/APSYC2217Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2PSYC2218Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Prerequisites:
6 Points Either PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126)
Or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology (ID 1722)
Take two options:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/APSYC2209Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/APSYC2212Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1PSYC2213Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2PSYC2214Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
6 Points Either PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126)
Or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology (ID 1726)

Level 3

Take the following core units:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PSYC3301Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2PSYC3302Psychological Measurement and its Application
Prerequisites:
18 Points PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1PSYC3303Psychological Science in the Modern World
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/APSYC3308Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2207 Psychology: Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/APSYC3309Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
S2PSYC3310Psychology: Specialist Research Topics
Prerequisites:
18 Points Units PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/APSYC3312Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1PSYC3313Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2PSYC3314Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
18 Points PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology (ID 570)
S1PSYC3315Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/APSYC3317Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2PSYC3318Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Prerequisites:
18 Points PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology (ID 554)
Take four options:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/APSYC3308Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2207 Psychology: Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/APSYC3309Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/APSYC3312Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1PSYC3313Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2PSYC3314Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
18 Points PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology (ID 570)
S1PSYC3315Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/APSYC3317Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2PSYC3318Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Prerequisites:
18 Points PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain (ID 126) And PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context (ID 327) And PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology (ID 639)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology (ID 554)
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