About the program
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. All applied material is based on the scientist-practitioner model, and evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention are stressed.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides students with advanced education and training in the core psychology graduate attributes, including but not limited to the following:
- Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in some of the core research areas of the discipline
- Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments
- Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidenced based approached to psychological intervention
- Explaining how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) prepares graduates for a career in psychology. On completion of this course, graduates may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist providing they enrol in further postgraduate studies or undertake two years’ supervised training.
The Honours ranking awarded at Graduation is determined according to the following scheme of classification:
Class of Honours GPA Cumulative %First Class 85% or above Second Class Division A75 - 84% Second Class Division B65 - 74% Third Class Honours 50 - 64%
The Honours ranking is calculated using the CPA achieved for all subjects in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program, after factoring differential subject credit point weightings. Students who graduate with Second Class Honours Division A or above meet the academic eligibility criteria to apply for Postgraduate Studies in Psychology.
This program is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of four years university training in psychology.
Under supervision, graduates can pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, forensic or organisational psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, health and community psychology, sports psychology, research and other specialist areas.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) comprises seven (7) subjects, as follows:
Foundation subjects (5)
- Honours Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics (PSYC71-401)
- Honours Thesis 2 (PSYC72-421)
- Human Experimental Psychology (PSYC71-410)
- Multivariate Research Methods (PSYC71-409)
- Principles of Psychological Assessment (PSYC71-403)
Students must choose two (2) of the following subjects:
- Clinical Psychology (PSYC71-404)
- Community and Health Psychology (PSYC71-405)
- Forensic Psychology (PSYC71-407)
- Neuropsychology (PSYC71-408)
- Industrial and Organisational Psychology (PSYC71-411)
- The Scientist Practitioner Model (PSYC71-413)
- Social Cognition (PSYC71-414)
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent. The Bond College offers a Foundation Program for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.
Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent. Bond University does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria is used such as extracurricular involvement and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership and community involvement qualities. The Bond College offers higher education Diplomas, a Foundation Program for international students and a University Preparation Program for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.
Completion of an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, or equivalent. Applicants are assessed on academic merit and must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 on the Bond University 4.0 point scale for all second and third level psychology subjects. Where students have not achieved this level, or competition for places has excluded them, students may be offered a place in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science program.
Important notes for students
Upon completion of 4th year training (at Bond the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science) many students apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisional registration permits the professional practice of psychology and can be achieved either in combination with Pathway 1 (two years of supervised practice), or Pathway 2 (Postgraduate studies in Psychology). Students who intend to apply for provisional registration either through supervised practice or enrolment in Postgraduate studies (eg Master of Psychology (Clinical or Forensic) at Bond University) should be aware of the registration requirements in the State or Territory in which they intend to practice. One of the Psychology Board of Australia’s registration requirements is that students who obtain their undergraduate qualifications outside of an ‘approved qualification’ in Australia must have them assessed as being equivalent to an accredited three year sequence of study in psychology in Australia. When assessing suitability for entry into 4th year programs, Bond University makes every effort to ensure that core topics covered in undergraduate degrees obtained outside of Australia are equivalent to those required in an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, however we do not guarantee the equivalence of these degrees. Students who obtained their three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia should be aware that successful completion of the 4th year program might not be sufficient for registration as a psychologist and/or the membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Equivalency assessments may be required by the Psychology Board of Australia.
For more information on equivalency assessments please visit www.psychology.org.au Information on Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.
If you obtained your three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia and intend to apply for provisional registration, please visit http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.
It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to enrolling in your 4th year program.
English language proficiency requirements
If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide documented evidence that you have achieved an IELTS score = 7.0 (no subscore less than 6.5); TOEFL score 627 (TWE 5#); [CBT 263, Essay 5.0; iBT 108 min. all sections 26].
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
An introduction to your 4th year research thesis
The most challenging aspect of 4th year studies is the research thesis. The thesis component is designed for students to demonstrate their ability to conceive, conduct, and report on, high level, original research. The research thesis is carried out under the supervision of an academic member of staff, and is assessed against a number of criteria. Briefly, these criteria relate to the student’s command of the area under investigation, from the conceptualisation of the problem, through the development of an appropriate strategy to investigate the problem, to clear interpretation and reporting on the outcomes of the research. Additional information on the marking criteria for the thesis is provided below. The research thesis consists of two subjects.
For those doing the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours):
For those doing the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science:
The subjects shown above are to be completed in two consecutive semesters, regardless of full or part-time enrolment status.
Starting your research thesis
- PSYC71-401 Honours Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics
- PSYC71-400 Diploma Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics
Nominated choice of supervisor
Students are expected to attend the fourth-year orientation session held during Bond Orientation Week, which is the week before classes start. During this session students are given full details of the requirements for their fourth year of studies in psychology.
Attendance at the 4th-year orientation session is compulsory
During this session students will be asked to consider three preferences for their choice of supervisor. A supervision preference application form will be distributed during this session, and completed forms are to be submitted to the Thesis 1 subject convenor during the first week of lectures.
Your nomination preferences should be for a supervisor who has expertise in the area you wish to research. A list of academic supervisors and their research specialty areas will be provided at the session.
Allocation of supervisor
Students are informed of supervision allocations during Week 1 of the first semester they commence their thesis. In allocating supervision, every attempt is made to take into account student preferences. On occasions we are not able to meet all student preferences – some research areas and Supervisors are more popular than others. Not being allocated to a supervision preference does not disadvantage students. The thesis is designed to provide students with basic skills in the conduct of psychological research.
Choice of topic
Students enrolled the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program are required to submit a thesis representing the conduct of an individual research project and are free to negotiate a research topic with their supervisor. The topic should be one that is suited to their supervisor’s area of expertise.
Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science will be allocated to work in groups of up to 5 students on different aspects of a common research project. The groups and ideas for group projects are to be negotiated between group members and the supervisor, but should be suited to the supervisor’s area of expertise.
Projects emanating from one or more clearly stated hypotheses are required. Purely descriptive, survey type projects aimed at establishing a database are not acceptable. Experimental or quasi-experimental designs are ideal, and well-conceived correlational studies are satisfactory. Alternatively, a project may be of the type that seeks to validate a test instrument. Theses devoted primarily to secondary data analysis, including the analysis of research databases, may also be acceptable, but in these cases approval of the Fourth Year Coordinator must be obtained prior to commencing the project.
The rationale, design, procedures and analysis undertaken within a project of this type must lead to a coherent thesis that is a defensible piece of research in its own right. Where a thesis relies on archival or secondary data, it should include a defence of the adequacy of the data for the purpose of addressing the research question(s) and a discussion of the implications of any data limitations for the interpretation of results. Analysis of the data should make use of statistical methods appropriate to the study and at a level expected of a fourth year psychology student.
Once you have narrowed down a topic that interests you, you need to ensure that the project is feasible for fourth year thesis. There are several things to consider when deciding if your topic is appropriate.
First, consider the scope of your topic. The size of the project and the complexity involved will have a major impact on how long it will take to conduct the project and how difficult it may be to collect and analyse the data, and write the thesis. Your research should be sufficient to allow you to evaluate a body of literature, examine a particular phenomenon and evaluate the potential implications of your study for the field of psychology. However, the most common mistake students make is being overly ambitious when deciding on a research topic. Your supervisor can be invaluable in helping you to narrow down a complex topic, and ensuring your topic has a suitable scope for a fourth year thesis.
Second, consider whether you have the resources required to conduct the study. Research projects vary in the equipment that may be required and in the cost of the project. Would your study require specialised equipment such as an MRI? Medical testing of participants? Specific questionnaires? A specialised data analysis package? Would you need to offer an incentive to your participants? If you do not have access to the resources required to conduct you project, you will not be able to adequately conduct the project.
Finally, consider whether you can conduct your project within the timeline of two consecutive semesters. When considering the timeline, you need to consider how long it will take to review the literature, collect and analyse the data and write your final thesis. You will also need to allow time to gain ethical approval from BUHREC (Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee) before commencing your research. If you need permission to collect data from external bodies you should also consider this in you timeline. Be sure to leave enough time at the completion of your project to proof-read your work and make any final changes. Also, allow time to print the thesis and have it bound. Some printing and binding services require several days to prepare a thesis, so if you plan to use such a service, bear in mind that you will need to make arrangements with them a week before your thesis is due. Consideration of the timeline before conducting your project will help prevent any last minute rushing around, and give you the time required to ensure you submit the best thesis you can.
During the Orientation session in O-Week you will find out everything you will need to know about your 4th year studies and the requirements for the research thesis.
The Fourth Year Studies in Psychology Student Guide is a valuable resource for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. The Guide contains important advice about the Fourth Year programs of study, including coursework information and research requirements, program planners, registration advice, staff information, student resources, and administrative matters.
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