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Information relevant to 2003 – Discipline/School Information

Psychology – School of Psychology

Psychology is a diverse discipline concerned with the scientific study of human experience and behaviour. It considers explanations and causes of behaviour and examines the modification of behaviour as a result of experience and information received from the environment. There are various specific branches in the discipline including developmental, social, physiological and clinical psychology, personality, sensation and perception, learning, memory and cognition, and individual differences.

Psychology undergraduate units are offered at first, second, third and fourth year levels. At first year level students are introduced to a broad range of topics in lectures, while the associated practical work provides illustrative examples of experimental work and introduces students more generally to scientific methodology in psychology. The second and third years provide more advanced study of the major areas introduced in first year. An important component of the program is practical work, in laboratories and other settings, which provides students with a sound knowledge of design and analysis in the context of psychological investigations in areas such as cognition and memory, perception, psychophysiology, and developmental and social psychology.

After completing a bachelor degree, students may apply to enter a fourth year program. The Honours program, which includes a major research project as well as coursework, is designed to extend students’ knowledge of the discipline and to provide some grounding in the applications of psychology in professional settings. The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is a skill-based course, which provides training in a range of rehabilitation counselling roles.

Students may specialise in psychology or take it as a discipline to complement other areas of study. Students planning a career in Psychology need to complete an accredited major which allows progression to fourth year and postgraduate programs in Psychology.

An accredited major can be studied as part of a degree program in

Arts Hobart and Launceston
Commerce Launceston
Science Hobart and Launceston

Psychology can also be studied as a major or elective sequence in other degree programs, such as

Social Science (Police Studies) Hobart and Launceston
Social Science Launceston
Health Science Launceston
Commerce Hobart and Launceston
Computing Hobart and Launceston
Economics Hobart
Education Launceston
Fine Arts Hobart and Launceston
Information Systems Hobart and Launceston

Students are advised to seek advice from staff in the School of Psychology or a relevant Faculty Officer prior to enrolment.

Intending students should note that courses offered by the School of Psychology are accredited by the Australian Psychological Society. A four-year accredited program in Psychology is offered in both Hobart and Launceston.

Career outcomes

The skills and knowledge gained by studying psychology – for example, dealing with people, investigating, analysing and objective reporting, are relevant to almost all fields of employment. Psychology graduates find employment in counselling, educational guidance, clinical psychology, defence forces, forensic psychology, child and adolescent services, disability services, vocational and psychological rehabilitation, occupational psychology, sports psychology and research.

Professional associations

For those wishing to work as a psychologist, a four-year degree (BA or BSc with Honours) in psychology followed by two years of postgraduate training or appropriate supervised experience are required for registration under The Psychologists Registration Act of Tasmania. Membership of the Australian Psychological Society, however, requires a four-year degree followed by at least a two year postgraduate degree.

Theme area

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, human experience and mental processes, and the professional application of that knowledge to help individuals and groups in clinical settings, in education, in employment and in the community. Programs of study in psychology fit in the Population and Community Studies theme area.

Undergraduate Programs in Psychology

A major in Psychology requires completion of at least 100% of KHA units, with a minimum of 25% in Psychology at 300 level, or two 12.5% units, one of which must be the core unit KHA301. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) need to complete 125% of KHA units for a Psychology major, with 50% at each of 200 and 300 levels, including the core units KHA201 and KHA301.

To complete an accredited major in Psychology, students need to complete 150% of KHA units (the entry requirements for fourth -year programs in Psychology).

The recommended program of study in Psychology is:

25% at 100 level KHA101 and KHA102
50% at 200 level KHA201 and KHA202 plus two 12.5% 200 level KHA elective units
25–75% at 300 level KHA301 or KHA351 plus at least one 12.5% 300 level KHA elective unit
Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
(a) Psychology major in Hobart
Core units
(prerequisites for progression to a higher level and corequisites for elective units)
Psychology 1A Hobart: may be taken in summer school OR semester 1 Launceston: semester 1 North-West Centre: semester 1 [by video-link] Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5%     KHA100, HGP101, HWP101, HYA100, RPY100 KHA101
Psychology 1B Hobart: semester 2 Launceston: semester 2 North-West Centre: semester 2 [by video-link] Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% KHA101 or HGP101 or HWP101   KHA100, HGP102, HWP102, HYA100, RPY100 KHA102
Research Methods in Psychology Hobart: semester 1Launceston: semester 1 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102)   KHA200, KHA250, KHA220, KHA230 KHA201
Developmental Psychology Hobart: semester 2Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA201   KHA200, KHA250, KHA220, KHA230, KHA202, KHB205/305 KHA202
Assessment and Research Methods Hobart: semester 1 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250   KHA300, KHA340, KHA301, KHA351 KHA301
Elective units offered in Hobart
Students wishing to enrol in elective units without the prescribed corequisites should consult the unit coordinator prior to enrolment.
Health & Rehabilitation Psychology Hobart: semester 2 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA254/354, KHA216, KHA217, KHA316, KHA210, KHA310, KHA317 KHA209/309
Peace, Conflict & Law Hobart: semester 1 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA212/312 KHA212/312
States of Consciousness not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 KHA201 KHA212, KHA312, KHA210/310, KHA217, KHA317 KHA217/317
Cognitive Social Psychology not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA207/307, KHB207/307 KHA228/328
Clinical Psychology [a] Hobart: semester 1 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 KHA201 or KHA301 KHA200, KHA202, KHA220, KHA230, KHA254/354 KHA205/305
Learning & Skilled Performance not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 KHA301 or KHA201   KHA214/314
Educational Psychology Hobart: semester 2 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 KHA301 or KHA201 KHA315, KHA327, KHA347 KHA219/319
Human Neuroscience Hobart: semester 2 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250 or (KHA220 and KHA230) KHA301 KHA323, KHA343, KHA321, KHA341, KHA304 KHA303
Psychophysiology & Emotion Hobart: semester 1 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250 KHA301 KHA321, 341 KHA304
Cognition and Memory [a] Hobart: semester 2 12.5% KHA201 or KHA250 or KHA200 KHA301 KHA300, KHA322, KHA342 KHA306
Advanced Research Methods [a] Hobart: semester 2 Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA301 or KHA351 or KHA300   KHA340, KHA311, HYA311 KHA308
Individual Differences Hobart: semester 1 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250 KHA301 KHA326 KHA318
(b) Psychology major in Launceston
Core units
(prerequisites for progression to a higher level and corequisites for elective units)
Psychology 1A Hobart: may be taken in summer school OR semester 1 Launceston: semester 1 North-West Centre: semester 1 [by video-link] Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5%     KHA100, HGP101, HWP101, HYA100, RPY100 KHA101
Psychology 1B Hobart: semester 2 Launceston: semester 2 North-West Centre: semester 2 [by video-link] Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% KHA101 or HGP101 or HWP101   KHA100, HGP102, HWP102, HYA100, RPY100 KHA102
Research Methods in Psychology Hobart: semester 1Launceston: semester 1 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102)   KHA200, KHA250, KHA220, KHA230 KHA201
Developmental Psychology Hobart: semester 2Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA201   KHA200, KHA250, KHA220, KHA230, KHA202, KHB205/305 KHA202
Research Methods and Behavioural Neuroscience Launceston: semester 1 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250   KHA301, KHA300 KHA351
Elective units offered in Launceston
Students wishing to enrol in elective units without the prescribed corequisites should consult the unit coordinator prior to enrolment.
Assessment & Individual Differences [a] Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250 KHA351 KHA301, KHA300, KHA340, KHA318 KHA352
Cognitive Psychology [a] Launceston: semester 1 12.5% KHA201 or KHA200 or KHA250 KHA351 KHA306, KHA300 KHA353
Advanced Research Methods [a] Hobart: semester 2 Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA301 or KHA351 or KHA300   KHA340, KHA311, HYA311 KHA308
Clinical & Health Psychology Launceston: semester 2 12.5% KHA101 or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA205/305, KHA300, KHA209/309, KHA213/313 KHB209/309 KHA254/354
Applied Topics in Psychology Launceston: may be taken in semester 1 OR semester 2 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201   KHA256/356
Social Psychology not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA200, KHA228/328, KHA210, KHA301, KHA310, KHA313, KHB207, KHB307 KHA207/307
Organisational Psychology Launceston: semester 1 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or KHA100 or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHB215/315 KHA215/315
[a] Fourth-year prerequisite
(c) Studies in Behavioural Science in Launceston

Elective units in the non-accredited Behavioural Science program will continue to be offered by distance mode through the Launceston campus for students who are not planning further studies in Psychology.

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
Elective units offered in Launceston
Child & Adolescent Development not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or (HGP101 and HGP102) or KHA100   HGP205, KHA202, KHA250 KHB205/305
Social Behaviour and Social Influence Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or (HGP101 and HGP102) or KHA100   HGP207, KHA207, KHA307 KHB207/307
Health, Stress and Coping not offered in 2003 12.5% (KHA101 and KHA102) or (HGP101 and HGP102) or KHA100     KHB209/309
Behaviour in the Workplace Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% KHA100 or (KHA101 and KHA102) or (HGP101 and HGP102) KHA201 KHA215, KHA315 KHB215/315
Fourth year programs in Psychology

Two programs of study are offered at fourth year level, Psychology 4 (Honours) and the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling. Psychology Honours is an accredited fourth year program in Psychology which provides training in research, advanced theoretical topics and an introduction to professional training. The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is a skill based course which aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for employment in a broad range of rehabilitation counselling roles. This course is accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC).

Entry requirements and additional grade level prerequisites for each fourth year program are described in the Psychology 4 (Honours) and the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling sections of the handbook.


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