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Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPsySt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1630.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 056926B


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2010 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2006 to 2009 - 1630.1 Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. Units in the program are drawn from the following topic areas of psychology: history of psychology, biological psychology, learning, social psychology, lifespan development, sensation and perception, individual differences, personality and cognitive processes.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a three-year sequence in Psychology. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies prepares graduates for an accredited fourth year in Psychology; it does not comprise such a fourth year.

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdvicePsychology-UG-ACA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

All applicants will have the equivalent of a three year Bachelors' degree in the AQF framework and for specified credit for any psychology units. Advanced standing will only be given for psychology units from APAC accredited awards under the university's specified credit rules. The maximum specified credit for the award will be 80 credit points. At least 50 percent (60 credit points) of the required credit points for the award must be achieved through formal study at Western Sydney University.

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology.

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline (Non Psychology major or Psychology major older than 10 years)

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Units run concurrently on both Bankstown and Penrith Campus.

Full-time

Units offered at Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101684Brain and Behaviour
101680Perception

Spring session

101676Human Learning
101678Motivation and Emotion
101683Social Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes

Year 2

Summer session - (Bankstown campus only)

101681Abnormal Psychology

Autumn session

101679Personality
101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology

Spring session

101681Abnormal Psychology

(Note: Spring Session offering to be taken by students who do not complete Abnormal Psychology in Summer)

Part-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
101680Perception

Spring session

101676Human Learning
101678Motivation and Emotion

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101684Brain and Behaviour

Spring session

101683Social Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes

Year 3

Autumn session

101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology
101679Personality

Spring session

101681Abnormal Psychology

(this unit is also offered in Summer)



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