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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, South Africa, Sunway

Notes

  • Administrated and taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Arts students can count psychology units towards the core arts component of their degree. Units are also available via off-campus learning.

Description

Psychology is concerned with a wide range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, problem-solving, learning, the acquisition of skills, language, seeing and hearing, decision-making, verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and emotions. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychology research to the profession. While the major focus is on people, animals are also studied because they are of interest in their own right. Monash undergraduate psychology embraces all of these topics at each of the campuses.

Students may complete single units, a major or minor in psychology towards the core arts component of their Bachelor of Arts degree or associated double degrees.

For their major, students choose to study either the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major (10 units) which also leads to honours or postgraduate studies in psychology, or a standard humanities major of eight units.

Units

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in psychology must complete the following two units (12 points):

Second/ Third-year level

Standard humanities psychology minor/major

Students studying a minor or major in psychology must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including all compulsory units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.
Compulsory units
  • PSY2051 Research design and analysis
Elective units
  • PSY2031 Developmental and biological psychology
  • PSY2042 Cognitive and social psychology
  • PSY2112 Organisational psychology
  • PSY3032 Abnormal psychology
  • PSY3041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
  • PSY3051 Perception and personality
  • PSY3062 Research methods and philosophy and psychology
  • PSY3071 Human neuropsychology and its evolutionary perspectives
  • PSY3102 Advanced psychobiology: brain and behaviour
  • PSY3122 Introduction to counselling
  • PSY3131 Health psychology
  • PSY3151 Contemporary social psychology
  • PSY3162 Psychology of language
  • PSY3172 Decision making in professional settings

APAC-accredited psychology major

Students completing the APAC-accredited major in psychology must have completed the first-year sequence and complete a further eight of the following units (48 points), including all compulsory units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Compulsory units
  • PSY2031 Developmental and biological psychology
  • PSY2051 Research design and analysis
  • PSY2042 Cognitive and social psychology
  • PSY3041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
  • PSY3051 Perception and personality
  • PSY3032 Abnormal psychology
  • PSY3062 Research methods and theory
Elective units

Note: Electives offered may vary from year to year depending on staff availability. Some third-year electives may be undertaken at second-year providing pre- and co-requisites are met. Students should check unit pre- and co-requisites when planning their enrolment.

Relevant Courses

Associate Degrees

  • 4074 Associate Degree in Arts and Social Sciences
  • 4040 Associate Degree in Community Welfare and Counselling

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 3926 Bachelor of Sports Promotion and Events Management

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1802 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 3911 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 2130 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Disability)
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing