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The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in internal mode only.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and meet the prerequisites for Second Year Psychology topics by having completed either:
- the Flinders topics PSYC1101 or PSYC1104 AND PSYC1102 or PSYC1105;
- equivalent topics from other institutions which are deemed suitable by the Faculty Board;
- the Qualifying Topic for the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Psychology (QT).
The aim of this course is to provide students already holding a pass Bachelors degree with the core knowledge and skills furnished by an undergraduate major in psychology.
The course develops knowledge of psychological theory and research regarding the factors influencing human behaviour and experience, and provides skills for the application of this knowledge to issues in the real world. The course prepares graduates for possible entry into an Honours program in psychology.
Psychology provides a core set of studies covering such fields as learning, motivation, personality, development across the lifespan, social influences, group processes and biological influences on behaviour. Also integral to the course is the development of critical thinking and research skills, and an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of researchers and psychology clinicians.
Students graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- knowledge of influences on human behaviour, both normal and abnormal
- an understanding of the principles and techniques of psychological research
- knowledge of psychological assessment and measurement
- the ability to critically analyse ideas and research
- the ability to connect their theoretical knowledge and learned psychological techniques with relevant real-world problems
- knowledge of ethical principles governing the conduct of research, the use of formal assessment tests and clinical practice by psychologists
- discipline-based writing skills and APA-style conventions.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
Plus 4.5 units of Second Year Psychology topics and 13.5 units of Third Year Psychology elective topics.
Core - Year 2 topics
Elective - Year 3 topics
Select 13.5 units from:
PSYC3003 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3004 Advanced Social Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3005 Applications to Clinical and Health Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3008 Applied Cognitive Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3009 Lifespan Development in Cultural Perspective (4.5 units)
PSYC3010 Psychobiology of Sleep and Cognition (4.5 units)