Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) at UNE?

The course provides an opportunity for graduates with a three-year accredited sequence in psychology to gain an accredited fourth year in psychology. Under current registration requirements, this will allow them to begin the process of professional registration as a psychologist. The program of study includes components on psychological testing, clinical interviewing and interventions, ethics, research skills and an elective reading unit. Students also complete a supervised research thesis.

Places in the course may be limited and offers restricted to one mode of study in some years.

Students must be able to run SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) on their computer.

After completing this degree, you are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration as a psychologist.

This course was previously known as Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science

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Applications close EST 11.59pm on Monday 31st October 2016

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus

Official Abbreviation GradDipPsych(Adv)
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

There are mandatory Intensive schools.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) have fulfilled in the last 10 years all the requirements for admission to an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree or AQF Level 7 or AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; and

(b) have achieved an average result of Credit in the 200 and 300/400-level units in Psychology in that degree; and

(c) have successfully completed the unit PSYC302 or PSYC472 or equivalent.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements.

Advanced standing may be granted for PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 and PSYC424 on the basis of study at graduate level in Psychology.

Advanced standing will not be granted for PSYC412.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) have fulfilled in the last 10 years all the requirements for admission to an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree or AQF Level 7 or AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; and
(b) have achieved an average result of Credit in the 200 and 300/400-level units in Psychology in that degree;
(c) successfully completed the unit PSYC302 or PSYC472 or equivalent.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements.

Advanced Standing may be granted for PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 and PSYC424 on the basis of study at graduate level in Psychology.
Advanced Standing will not be granted for PSYC412.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced).

Suspensions and Extensions

The School may grant an extension or suspension of candidature, or a combination of both, to candidates for up to 12 months as follows:
(a) to compensate by way of extension of candidature, a candidate for time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable difficulties; or
(b) to compensate by way of suspension of candidature, a candidate who produces evidence that he/she due to unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances shall not be in a position to pursue work towards the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced).

Re-enrolment

1. Candidates who withdraw from their course will not be permitted to re-enrol except with the permission of the Head of School, and only under exceptional circumstances.

2. A part-time candidate who withdraws later than the census date in the second year of enrolment but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation as required by the Head of School may re-enrol in the same subject for the degree, provided that:
(a) two years will be elapsed before such re-enrolment;
(b) the topic of study undertaken within the dissertation is different from that of the original enrolment.

3. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the date on which the dissertation is required shall be deemed to have failed.

4. Unless a candidate shows good cause why such action should not be taken, the School may, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, withdraw a candidate on the ground of his or her having failed to meet the requirements of the course and deem him or her to have failed the course.

5. A candidate who is deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of three years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed dissertation work is in a different topic of study from that of the original enrolment.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) provides an accredited fourth year of study in psychology. This is an essential requirement for the process of registration as a psychologist to begin. The course allows students to specialise in areas of psychology that are of interest to the student as well as study topic areas that provide theoretical and applied knowledge in the practice of psychology. In addition, research training in the form of a supervised group project gives students a thorough understanding of the scientific method, data analysis and report writing. Research is fundamental to the understanding of human behaviour and in the application of that understanding to the practice of psychology. Intensive schools provide support, guidance and experience in basic professional skills throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of the core topics of Psychology, including: abnormal psychology, biological bases of behaviour, cognition, information processing and language, individual differences, testing and assessment, learning, lifespan development, motivation and emotion, perception, social psychology, history and philosophy of psychology, intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology;
  2. describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists and demonstrate practical skills in psychological research design and data analysis;
  3. conduct studies to address psychological questions, including: frame research questions; undertake literature reviews; formulate testable hypotheses; operationalise variables; choose an appropriate methodology; make valid and reliable measurements; analyse data, interpret results, and write research reports using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions;
  4. critically evaluate psychological literature, question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions, and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking;
  5. demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (eg, debate, group discussion, presentation) to share or impart psychological knowledge;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the most widely used psychological assessments and evidence-based approaches to psychological interventions and apply the basic skills of psychological interviewing;
  7. evaluate and practise the principles of ethical behaviour in research and professional practice, in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society's Code and Guidelines, as well as the Australian 'National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce'; and
  8. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain life-long personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates cover, and are assessed on, a broad range of topics in psychology, including advanced reading courses in specific areas of psychology and topics in the history and theory of psychology and professional ethics and practice. The course includes specific Australian aspects of the practice of psychology as well as global perspectives on the study of psychology.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have well-developed communication skills which are taught, assessed and practised through written assignments and face-to-face (or online equivalent) tutorial and laboratory sessions and seminars and units in professional practice.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have a sound understanding of key problem solving strategies in the discipline and be able to apply these skills to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments, topics and issues. Most assessment activities are based on theoretical and/or empirical problem solving activities.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have developed advanced information literacy skills through literature searching, objective scientific writing, exposure to professional practice and research and analysis skills.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be taught to understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with the discipline. They will understand and be open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world, and appreciate their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment. The core topics components emphasise the ethics and social responsibility of research and professional practice.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have well developed skills associated with the access and understanding of research literature and associated with the professional practice of psychology. These skills equip students for future learning and development.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be encouraged to learn and work independently, and where appropriate, to work collaboratively. These skills will be developed through on-campus and online interactive teaching. Graduates will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner. Most of the core topic components require group-based online and intensive school participation.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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