BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology

Undergraduate Course

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior. Psychologists study behavior in systems ranging from single cells to the individual person, from small groups to communities. Psychologists strive to describe behavior and to understand its underlying biological and social mechanisms. This enterprise, designed to better understand human behavior, accumulates knowledge that can help solve problems faced by individuals and by communities. This programme on Psychology is sponsored by the Faculty of Law and Social Studies of the Philips College.

Aims

In particular, the programme aims at providing a stimulating and challenging higher level education in Psychology. The Psychology programme has been designed to encompass the latest developments in the field. The programme introduces students to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and psychological areas through the presence of core and elective subjects.

Throughout the first three years of the Honours Degree programme specific core and modules are taken to ensure that students are introduced to the general themes and perspectives that underline the various fields of Psychology and are exposed to the major levels and forms of inquiry conducted by the different approaches to Psychology. Furthermore the provision of core courses drawn from a number of complementary domains allows the students of the second and third year to develop a broader and more balanced perspective.

Within the first year elective subjects are taken in conjunction with the core subjects. This enables students to select from courses that both complement and supplement their understanding and application of psychology in particular and other areas of social studies in general.

In the second and third year of the programme in addition to specific core subjects students can take subjects selected from a wide range of electives that cover the diverse topic areas from within Psychology. These electives allow students to enhance the foundations of knowledge established in the first year. Furthermore, the elective subjects provide an understanding of the applicability of Psychology within the workplace and wider community.

Further to taking core and elective subjects, students in the fourth year of the Honours Degree programme are encouraged to utilize the knowledge areas and practical skills gained by undertaking a supervised research project. The project, which is conducted over two semesters, is presented in written form and defended orally, and the mark obtained contributes to the level of award achieved.

Duration of Studies

The period of study for full-time students is four academe years (or eight semesters) covering both core and elective subjects.

Graduation Requirements

Students studying towards the BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology are required to take a minimum of 252 ECTS. One hundred and eighty (180) ECTS must come from core subjects, forty-two (42) from specialization elective and thirty (30) from general electives.

Honours Degree

At the time of graduation each candidate for an Honours Degree must have:

  • completed successfully all the prescribed course work of the examination syllabus;
  • achieved the required minimum number of credits of prescribed course work by completing successfully all core, and elective subjects, as required by the programme of studies. As a general rule, all students must have
  • completed successfully a minimum of 252 ECTS; and
  • secured a GPA* of at least 200 on courses taken successfully during semester 5-8.

A candidate who has fulfilled the requirements of the prescribed scheme of study and has satisfied the examiners shall be eligible for the conferment of a Bachelor Degree with Honours in one of the following classes on the basis of his Grade Point Average (GPA)

360 to 400 First Class
300 to 359 Second Class, 1st Division
260 to 299 Second Class, 2nd Division
200 to 259 Third Class

Candidates not deemed to have attained the standard required for earning an Honours Degree may be granted the Pass Degree.

Year 1

Semester 1 ECTS
Core Subjects
PSY-112 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN PSYCHOLOGY 5
PSY-113 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 5
PSY-117 INTRODUCTION TO MOTIVATION 5
PSY-111 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 5
Electives: 1 or 2 from (5-10)
PRL-130 Communication and Language Development I 5
PRL-134 French Language I 5
PRL-111 Public Relations I 5
JRN-115 Philosophy: History and Problems I 5
CST-115 Mathematics and Statistics I 5
BSM-112 Business Law I 5
BSM-110 Economics I 5
BSM-111 Theory and Practice of Management I 5
PRL-137 German Language I 5
JRN-110 Introduction to Journalism 5
Semester 2
Core Subjects
PSY-123 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-124 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-121 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-127 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY 5
Electives: 1 or 2 from (5-10)
JRN-125 Philosophy: History and Problems II 5
BSM-122 Business Law II 5
PRL-147 German Language II 5
PRL-144 French Language II 5
PRL-140 Communication and Language Development II 5
PRL-121 Public Relations II 5
CST-120 Computers and Applications II 5
BSM-120 Economics II 5
BSM-121 Theory and Practice of Management II 5
JRN-120 Theory and Practice of Journalism 5
CST-125 Mathematics and Statistics II 5

Year 2

Semester 3 ECTS
Core Subjects
PSY-114 STATISTICAL METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-210 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-318 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING 5
Psychology Electives ONE or TWO from:
PSY-115 Introduction to Sociology I 5
PSY-116 Ethical Issues in Psychological Research 5
PSY-215 Advanced Statistics for the Social Sciences II 5
PSY-218 Lab Research Experimentation 5
PSY-312 Psychology of Perception 5
PSY-315 Psychology of Mind 5
PSY-319 Humanistic Psychology 5
General Electives ONE from:
BSM-221 Principles of Marketing 5
BSM-230 Personnel Management and Organisational Behaviour I 5
BSM-310 Human Resource Management I 5
BSM-311 International Management I 5
CST-214 Information Systems 5
JRN-220 News and Feature Writing I 5
JRN-250 News Planning and Reporting 5
JRN-310 Interviewing Methods and Techniques 5
PRL-211 Public Relations II 5
PRL-219 Successful Writing I 5
PRL-214 Media I 5
Semester 4
Core Subjects
PSY-221 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II 5
PSY-220 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY II 5
PSY-124 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY I 5
Electives: 1 from 5
BSM-321 International Management II 5
PRL-420 Business Ethics 5
PRL-415 Communication II 5
PRL-224 Media II 5
JRN-230 News and Feature Writing II 5
BSM-240 Personnel Management and Organisational Beh. II 5
JRN-320 Language Culture and Power 5
CAD-240 Learning Organisation II 5
Electives: 1 or 2 from (5-10)
PSY-125 Sociology II 5
PSY-328 Philosophy of Psychology 5
PSY-229 Human Information Processing 5
PSY-228 Psychological Assessment 5
PSY-226 The Psychology of Sex Differences 5
PSY-225 Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology 5
PSY-223 Psychology of Adjustment 5

Year 3

Semester 5 ECTS
Core Subjects
PSY-310 PSYCHOLOGY OF COUNSELLING 5
PSY-336 PSYCHOLOGY OF INTELLIGENCE 5
PSY-212 PRACTICAL PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOP I 5
Electives: 2 or 3 from (10-15)
PSY-334 Abnormal Psychology II 5
PSY-213 Psychology of Education 5
PSY-337 Mental Retardation 5
PSY-317 Cross-Cultural Psychology I 5
PSY-316 Cognitive Psychology II 5
PSY-313 Psychological Testing 5
PSY-227 Organisational Psychology 5
PSY-214 Theories of Personality I 5
PSY-338 Psychology of Reading 5
Semester 6
Core Subjects
PSY-339 LEARNING DISABILITIES 5
PSY-222 LEARNING DISABILITIES 5
PSY-320 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY II 5
Electives: 2 or 3 from (10-15)
PSY-324 Psychoanalysis II: Post Freudian Theories 5
PSY-327 Cross-Cultural Psychology II 5
CST-313 Human Computer Interaction 5
PSY-326 Occupational Psychology 5
PSY-323 Theories of Personality II 5
PSY-322 Psychology of Language 5
PSY-216 Comparative Psychology 5
PSY-224 Health Psychology II 5

Year 4

Semester 7 ECTS
Core Subjects
PSY-411 RESEARCH EVALUATION SEMINAR I 5
PSY-412 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY I 5
PSY-450 RESEARCH PROJECT I 5
Semester 8
Core Subjects
PSY-451 RESEARCH PROJECT II 5
PSY-421 RESEARCH EVALUATION SEMINAR II 5
PSY-422 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY II 5
Course Information
Department
Psychology

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