This course aims to increase students' understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research, to develop their analytic, research and communication skills, and to provide them with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the science and practice of psychology. In this course students must complete coursework components designed to expand their knowledge of statistics and the ethics of psychological research and practice, and broaden their understanding of the discipline. Students also undertake a supervised research project which aims to provide training in both discipline-specific and generic research skills. The research project forms the basis of a literature review and research paper presented at the end of the course.
Honours - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Full-time study only.
Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
This course is not available to international students.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
- extend existing knowledge of core discipline areas of psychology and demonstrate advanced knowledge in a focussed aspect of the discipline
- integrate scientifically derived knowledge in the field of psychology with the practice of psychology and create new solutions to contemporary issues in the field
- critically appraise the role of ethical standards and legislative frameworks in guiding research and practice in psychology and maintaining the integrity of the profession
- work independently to undertake a scientific literature review and work collaboratively to design, develop and implement a research project
- collect, organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully using an appropriate research method
- communicate ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
- exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
Monash University is seeking accreditation for this course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council to meet the requirements of the Australian Psychological Society for Associate Membership.
To be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia you must meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia. The first step to becoming a psychologist is to complete four years of approved study in psychology. This normally comprises a bachelor degree (or graduate diploma) that includes the three-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence of 10 units in psychology, followed by an accredited fourth year course in psychology. The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) will provide the fourth year of study.
In order to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist, a further minimum two years of approved study must be undertaken at master's or doctoral level or alternatively two years of supervised practice.
This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. You will develop advanced theoretical knowledge and research methodologies appropriate to your area of focus and plan and execute a research project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.
This course comprises 48 points: Part A. Research (24 points) and Part B. Coursework (24 points).
Units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.
Part A. Research (24 points)
- PSY4100 Psychological honours: Research project (24 points)
- PSY4000 Final honours psychology grade (0 points)
Part B. Coursework (24 points)
- PSY4210 Statistics and research design for professional psychology
- PSY4220 Ethical and professional issues in psychology
- PSY4270 Psychological assessment and intervention
Students complete one of the following:
Progression to further studies
Satisfactory completion of this course may provide credit toward a Monash master's by coursework degree and will provide the preparation necessary to undertake a master's by research degree or a doctoral (PhD) degree.