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School of Psychology and Psychiatry. What is psychology?. Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of: the brain learning memory reasoning decision making language developmental and social processes

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    1. School of Psychology and Psychiatry

    2. What is psychology? Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of: the brain learning memory reasoning decision making language developmental and social processes personality and mental health and well being

    3. Where do psychologists work? Private practice Corporations - consulting firms, market research, recruitment Education - universities, schools, career services Government departments Health/welfare - hospitals, rehabilitation, youth services Police force, law courts and prisons Counselling services Defence forces Non-profit organizations and professional associations Research institutions Training and development services

    4. Qualifications required to be a Psychologist • a Bachelors degree with a major sequence in Psychology + * • a 4th year in Psychology +* • two years full-time study at Masters * level (minimum) or • two years supervised practice *accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria http://www.psychreg.vic.gov.au

    5. Why Monash? Monash University is one of the top 100 universities in the world (Times Higher Education) Monash University is a member of the prestigious M8 Alliance, and a member of the Group of Eight universities in Australia Psychology at Monash University was ranked 27th in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds’ World University Rankings)

    6. Our APAC Accredited Psychology pathways * Offered by the Faculty of Education

    7. APAC-accredited Psychology majorThe major comprises nine core units and one elective unit. The elective unit may be studied at either second or third-year level.Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Business (Psychology), Bachelor of Science, *Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology*extra units

    8. A Monash First: MyPsychLab@Monash An online, personalised learning system which has been developed and implemented to meet the specific learning objectives of the School’s undergraduate units. The system is a key feature of the Blended Learning Model for undergraduate education in our School . MyPsychlab@Monash has transformed the way we deliver lectures and engage students by integrating state-of-the-art online resources with the highest quality, research-led face-to-face teaching. Motivated students are better prepared for lectures and lectures are used more constructively for consolidation and application of knowledge.

    9. The School offers a blended learning model McKenzie, W. A., & Perini, E. (2011, June). Using online personalized study plans to address diversity and facilitate independent learning. Poster presented at the 14th Pacific Rim First Year Higher Education Conference: Designing for Student Success, Perth, WA, Australia.

    10. Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours)

    11. Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) An intensive study of psychology * • Years 1-3 • Double major in psychology • 4th year • Honours in psychology * Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

    12. Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) The Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) is a four-year undergraduate degree designed for students who wish to study psychology intensively with a view to pursuing a career as a research or professional psychologist. 

    13. Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) • The first three years include: • APAC accredited psychology sequence • 7 psychology electives • 8 additional electives • The 4th year is the Honours year in Psychology which we also offer to students in other degrees.

    14. Choosing psychology electives • PSY3180 Human neuropsychology • PSY3190 Addiction studies • PSY3230 Psychological foundations of the law • PSY3240 Psychology of music • PSY3250 Positive psychology • PSY3260 Advances in psychology, mental health & neuroscience (compulsory) • PSY3270 Neuroscience of cognition and behaviour NB: not all electives are offered each year

    15. Choosing psychology electives • PSY3120 Introduction to counselling • PSY3130 Health psychology • PSY3180 Human neuropsychology • PSY3190 Addiction studies • PSY3230 Psychological foundations of the law • PSY3260 Advances in psychology, mental health & neuroscience (compulsory) • PSY3270 Neuroscience of cognition and behaviour • PSY3280 The neuronal basis of consciousness • BNS3052 Brain behaviour and altered awareness • BNS3062 Imaging and brain disorders *NB: not all electives are offered each year

    16. Choosing other electives NB: Check pre-requisites and prohibited combinations Science • Biology Arts • Understanding crime • Criminal justice in action: police, courts and corrections • Legal and ethical frameworks • Foundations of health • Health issues for diverse populations • Health and social care systems • Philosophy • Sociology Business • Managerial communication* • Managing people and organisations* • Marketing theory and practice*

    17. Entry requirements • VCE Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English • Clearly-in ATAR in 2013 was 90 • Offered on campus at Clayton only • PT or FT

    18. Progressing to 4th year • At the end of 3rd year (usually around September) students will need to apply for entry to the Honours year of the course. • Admission to the Honours year is determined solely by academic merit. • The minimum requirement is an average grade of 70% in core Psychology subjects at the third year level, however, in practice the cut-off has been in the 75% - 80% range over the last five years. • Students who do not meet the criteria for Honours will be awarded a Bachelor of Psychological Science, assuming they have successfully completed the first 3 years of the course

    19. Fourth-year psychology Fourth-year courses in psychology • Honours in Psychology • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology*(* taught by the Faculty of Education) • Psychology Honours entry requirement: • Completion of a Bachelors degree with an average grade of 70% in core psychology units at third-year level; • In recent years the cut-off for Honours has been 75% or higher

    20. Questions? enquiries.psych@monash.edu