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Psychology - Department of Psychology at Hobart

Intending students should note that all courses offered by the Department of Psychology at Hobart are accredited by the registration and psychology bodies. These are the only accredited courses in psychology offered at the University of Tasmania.

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, cognition, and individual differences.

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

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 continue with the study of some areas introduced in first year, but in greater depth, and complemented with practical work 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, psycho-physiology, and developmental and social psychology.

The fourth year honours program includes a major piece of research as well as coursework designed to extend students' knowledge of the discipline and to provide some grounding in the applications of psychology in professional settings.

Students may specialise in psychology or take it as a discipline to complement other areas of study. Those wishing to specialise should enrol in psychology as part of either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Students taking other degrees, for example Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Economics, may be able to enrol in some psychology units to complement their other studies. However, prior to enrolment these students should either consult Dr George Wilson from the Department of Psychology or an appropriate Faculty Course Adviser.

(a) Psychology for Arts students

For BA students, a major in Psychology comprises 105% of psychology units: 25% at Year 1, 40% at Year 2, 40% at Year 3.
The double major in psychology comprises 165% of psychology units: 25% at Year 1, 40% at Year 2, 100% at Year 3;
alternatively 25% at Year 1, 60% at Year 2, and 80% at Year 3.

Permissible programs in psychology:

1HYA100Total: 25%
and HYA20120%
and HYA20220%Total: 65%
and HYA21610%
and/or HYA21710%Total: 35% or 45%
and HYA20120%
and HYA20220%
and HYA21610%
and/or HYA21710%Total: 75% or 85%
and HYA20120%
and HYA20220%
and HYA30120%
and HYA30220%Total: 105%
This program constitutes a major in Psychology for BA purposes.
and HYA20120%
and HYA20220%
and HYA30120%
and HYA30220%
plus 60% of additional courses from Level 2 and/or Level 3Total: 165%
This program constitutes a double major in Psychology for BA purposes.
Fourth year entry: The minimum entry to fourth year will be satisfactory completion of a double major in Psychology (165%), including the 10% unit, HYA311, and at least 20% of Level 3 units designated as Experimental Psychology.
Additional grade level prerequisites for fourth year are described in the prerequisites for units HYA400, 401.

(b) Psychology for Science Students
For BSc students, a major in Psychology consists of HYA100, HYA200, HYA301, HYA302 and HYA351. These units must be taken by BSc students who wish to proceed to the fourth-year Honours course (HYA415 or HYA416) which is necessary for anyone intending to do a postgraduate degree to become a professional psychologist. Students wishing to do fourth year should consult the rules for BSc(Hons). For students completing the major in Psychology and planning to continue to Fourth Year, enrolment in HYA352 in third year is strongly recommended.

Students wishing to major in Psychology will find that certain other subjects complement their studies in Psychology. Various units in Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science are recommended. Students are advised to consult with staff at time of enrolment or to seek course counselling prior to enrolment.

Permissible programs for BSc candidates

1HYA100 Total 9pts
2YHA100 (9pts)
and HYA216(3pts)
and/or HYA217(3pts)Total 12 or 15pts
and HYA200 (12pts)Total 21pts
4HYA100 (9pts) and HYA200(12pts)
and HYA216 (3pts)
and/or HYA217(3pts)Total 24 or 27pts
and HYA200(12pts)
and HYA301(6pts)
and HYA302(6pts)
{ and HYA351(6pts)
{or HYA352(9pts)Total 39 or 42pts
This program constitutes a major in Psychology for BSc purposes.
and HYA200 (12pts)
and HYA301(6pts)
and HYA302(6pts)
and HYA351(6pts)
and HYA352 (9pts)Total 48pts
This program constitutes a major in Psychology for BSc purposes.

For programs 5 and 6 above, students may also take either or both of the additional second year units HYA216 and HYA217. However, enrolment in these units precludes enrolment in HYA316 or HYA317 as part of HYA351 or HYA352.

From 1997, the minimum entry to fourth year will be satisfactory completion of program 5 (39pts) or program 6 (48pts) including the unit HYA311 Advanced Statistics, and at least 2 sem length units at the 300 level designated as Experimental Psychology.

Unit descriptions

HYA100 Psychology 1

Introduces students to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include: Introduction to Psychology, Intelligence and Abilities, Physiology and Behaviour, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Learning, Cognition and Memory, Clinical and Abnormal Psychology, Life-span Developmentand Social Psychology. Practical classes include experiments and demonstrations in relevant areas, and provide assistance with statistical techniques. Students are allocated to a specific practical class by the Department during the first week. It is important to attend the first lecture. Practical class attendance is compulsory. Students require a pocket calculator with a square root key.

Special notes
teaching staff (Coordinator)Mr J Alexander, (Practical class coordinator)Dr Z Schreter
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (BSc 9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 3x1-hour lectures, a 2-hour practical class a week (26 weeks)
mutual exclusions HWP101 and HWP102
method of assessment 2-hour exam in June (30%), 2-hour exam in Nov (30%), practical assessment including class work, statistics exercises and test, and 4x1,200-word practical reports (40%), satisfactory performance in this component is required for a full pass.
required texts, etc
O'Shea R, Writing for Psychology, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sydney, 1993.
Either Walker M, Burnham D and Borland R, Psychology, 2nd edn, Jacaranda Wiley, Brisbane, 1994,
or Weiten W, Psychology: Themes and Variations, 3rd edn, Brooks Cole, Calif, 1995.
Tilley A, An Introduction to Psychological Research and Statistics, 2nd edn, Pineapple Press, Brisbane, 1993.
recommended reading

Course: Bachelor of Arts (R3A)
Bachelor of Science - Physical Sciences, Psychology or Humanities (S3G.03)

Staff of the Department of Psychology
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