Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary

* The Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Commerce degree supersedes the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Commerce from 2016.

Psychology is the study of who we are and how we think, feel, act and change. This knowledge helps us improve wellbeing and psychological health. Understanding people's motivations and actions can provide valuable insight into the world of business: how we work, organise ourselves and assign value to things, and what constitutes responsible and ethical decision-making.

Businesspeople are a flexible and diverse group of professionals who think strategically and critically to solve complex problems. The strategic thinking and data analysis skills you will gain from studying commerce are significantly valuable when applied to the planning, running or reviewing the scientific studies and reviews that underpin modern psychology.

This degree

Double degrees are designed to broaden students' skill sets, reduce study cost and length by combining two different degrees, and give you a competitive advantage in the workforce. You can also complement your Psychology and Commerce studies with minors and electives from disciplines in Social Science, Arts and Science. On completion of this degree, you will be able to apply knowledge of psychological principles and applications to marketing and organisational practices. You will also apply knowledge of research methods to commercial issues in local, national and international contexts.

What you will study

After completing subjects in this degree, you will be able to apply knowledge of psychological principles and applications to marketing and organisational practices. You will also apply knowledge of research method to commercial issues in local, national and international contexts. In your business subjects you will demonstrate the capacity for independent learning with respect to professional development of human behaviour in business, organisational and marketing contexts. You will apply critical thinking skills to examine human behaviour in an organisational context. You will also demonstrate ethical and responsible decision-making in the business context.

Course information

Study area

Business, Psychology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

365

ATAR (UAI)

75

IB Score

26-27

Duration

4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

086229A

UAC Code

751750

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,400
Full Course Fee: $129,600

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Check Course Finder for the assumed knowledge and recommended studies for each major.

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level. 

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of psychological principles and applications to marketing and organisational practices
  2. Apply knowledge of research methods to commercial issues in local, national, and international contexts
  3. Apply analytical skills to commercial issues in local, national, and international contexts
  4. Effectively communicate in a variety of formats
  5. Demonstrate the capacity for independent learning with respect to professional development of human behaviour in business, organisational and marketing contexts
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to examine human behaviour in an organisational context
  7. Demonstrate ethical and responsible decision-making in the business context

 Please refer to the Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Commerce requires the successful completion of a minimum of 216 credit points in accordance with the table below, including:

  1. 78 credit points of core Psychology subjects; and
  2. 42 credit points of core 100-level Commerce subjects; and
  3. at least 48 credit points from a Commerce major; and
  4. a six credit point Commerce capstone subject; and
  5. additional elective subjects, as required, to achieve a minimum degree total of 216 credit points, chosen from the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Commerce or the General Schedule. Students may wish to consider completing a Commerce or General Schedule minor. Students who plan to apply for entry to Psychology honours and follow a path to professional registration as a psychologist should complete the extended psychology requirements as described in the Bachelor Psychological Science degree.

Note that students in the double degree are not required to take COMM121 Statistics for Business, which is normally a common core subject for students in the Bachelor of Commerce single degree. PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics meets the requirement for a first year statistics subject and remains as a core requirement for the double degree.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Psychology
PSYC120 Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology 6 Autumn
PSYC121 Foundations of Psychology A 6 Autumn
PSYC122 Foundations of Psychology B 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
Commerce
COMM101 Principles of Responsible Business 6 Autumn, Spring
ECON100 Economic Essentials for Business 6 Autumn, Spring
FIN 111 Introductory Principles of Finance 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
MGNT110 Introduction to Management 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
Year 2*
Psychology
PSYC231 Personality 6 Autumn
PSYC234 Biological Psychology and Learning 6 Autumn
PSYC250 Quantitative Methods in Psychology 6 Autumn
PSYC236 Cognition and Perception 6 Spring
PSYC241 Developmental and Social Psychology 6 Spring
Commerce
ACCY111 Accounting Fundamentals In Society 6 Autumn, Spring
MARK101 Marketing Principles 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
Select ONE of the following four subjects. Students majoring in Accountancy, Finance or Financial Planning must take ACCY112. Students majoring in Economics or International Business must take ECON102. Studentsmajoring in Public Relations must take MGNT102.
ACCY112 Accounting In Organisations 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
ECON102 Economics and Society 6 Autumn, Spring
MGNT102 Business Communications 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2017/2018
OPS 113 Business Oriented Information Systems 6 Spring
Year 3*
Psychology
PSYC324 Assessment and Intervention 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
18 credit points of Psychology elective subjects at 300-level (refer to Bachelor of Psychological Science single degree for subject choices).
Commerce
24 credit points of Commerce subjects as required for the selected Commerce major.
Year 4*
Commerce
24 credit points of Commerce subjects as required for the selected Commerce major.
Commerce capstone subject:
COMM331 Integrative Business Capstone 6 Autumn, Spring
Electives
18 credit points of subjects, either as specified in order to fulfil the requirements of a prescribed Commerce major OR as electives chosen from Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Commerce or the General Schedule.
Year 5*
Electives
24 credit points of elective subjects chosen from the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Commerce or the General Schedule.

* Note: Students have increasing freedom to structure their course to fit their chosen major from Year 2. In particular, those planning an extended Psychology major for honours eligibility should carefully plan the sequence of their subjects for their whole degree before enrolling in Year 2.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

For the Bachelor of Psychological Science




  • Completion of four years in Psychology is an important step for registration as a psychologist in Australia. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited as the first three years of study. To complete the four years students can complete an Honours year to meet the academic requirement for eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist. An additional two years of supervised practice is necessary to apply for registration as a professional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, or through an accredited Masters or professional doctoral degree.
For the Bachelor of Commerce


Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff, which guarantee quality education and opportunities for first-rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology through a psychological service to the community. The Clinic offers a range of assessment, intervention and counselling services for children, adolescents and adults.

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