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Undergraduate

Diploma of Psychology

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
116161
External Studies
116161
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
089410B
CDU Course Code

YPSY01

Award
Diploma of Psychology
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Society and Welfare Studies

Want to study psychology without committing a full undergraduate degree? The Diploma of Psychology is what you are looking for.

Psychology explores human behaviour and how humans make sense of the world, process, organise and store information. It looks at multiple factors that influence human development, human motivation and emotion such as:

  • how biology influences things like learning, memory and behaviour and vice versa
  • common and unique aspects of personality
  • behavioural dysfunctions
  • social and cultural diversity.

This course introduces you to the foundations of psychology, explores mental health, and builds essential counselling and behaviour modification skills.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Domestic applications

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

Study Link

All International applicants must apply through Study Link unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

Career opportunities

This qualification will complement your existing professional career, or it may prepare you for career opportunities in various psychology-related fields in government, private companies, non-government organisations (NGO) and community groups.

  • For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    Campus notes

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course requires one year full time study or equivalent.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016)

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(2 units)
20cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

PSY140 Introductory Psychology A
PSY141 Introductory Psychology B
 

Specialist Elective
(4 units)
40cp
Units totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

PSY115 Psychological Skills
PSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and Intervention
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology
PSY245 Cognition and Language
PSY305 Theories of Personality
PSY353 Abnormal Psychology
PSY355 Applied Psychology
 

 
80cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CU
PSY140 Introductory Psychology A CO PSY141 Introductory Psychology B CO
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CU
    PSY141 Introductory Psychology B CO
    Specialist elective SE
    Specialist elective SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
PSY140 Introductory Psychology A CO    
Specialist elective SE    
Specialist elective SE    

Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        PSY140 Introductory Psychology A CO
        PSY141 Introductory Psychology B CO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CU    
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE    
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE    

Everything you need to know to get started

How to apply for domestic students

Applications for undergraduate courses at CDU are submitted through SATAC.

 

The application process is simple and can be completed online.

 

To help you out, we've put together an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Admission requirements for domestic students

Before applying, you may want to check if you meet the admission requirements for studying with CDU.

 

CDU has many pathways to study, so don't worry if you don't meet the admission requirements right now. There is a study pathway to get you started on your journey.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

Are you applying as an International Student?

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

Are you applying as a Domestic Student?

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