SMF Institute of Higher Learning

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Edith Cowan University,Perth, Western Australia

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Courses in psychology aim to give you an understanding of why humans behave as they do, why they differ from one another and how they are affected by living and working together. An undergraduate course provides the basis for the study of psychology at higher levels but also equips you with basic skills in analysing, understanding researching, changing, and evaluating human behaviour as well as exploring the interaction between people and their physical and social environments.

Psychology is special because it not only teaches a particular psychological skill (relevant to other disciplines) but it equips you with a large number of skills and a range of knowledge. Psychology graduates are equipped to undertake many diverse occupations. Through their coursework, psychology students are trained to be highly literate and numerate, pragmatic, generally computer literate, have well developed information finding and research skills, and be environmentally aware. Another important area of expertise is interpersonal awareness. Graduates have learned about social communication and sources of interpersonal conflict, have problem-solving skills, can critically evaluate, and are trained to look at issues from a broad perspective by identifying different ideologies, clarifying social issues and providing a wider view of arguments (Hayes, 1996)


Structure & Content

This programme consists of sixteen (16) core units delivered in a modular structure to suit the schedule of busy professionals. Students may be granted advanced standing depending on the entry qualification(s). Core Units (12 units)

  • PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY1102 Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSY1111 Psychology: History and Perspectives
  • PSY1204 Social Determinants of Behaviour
  • PSY2202 Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY2301 Learning and Motivation
  • PSY3350 Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception
  • PSY2231 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY3304 Cognition
  • PSY3343 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY2305 Individual Differences
  • PSY3303 Research Applications and Ethical Issues

Elective Units (choose 4 out of 5)

  • PSY3216 Group Process and Group Management
  • PSY3211 Cultural Issues in Psychology
  • COU1101 Dynamic Models of Counselling
  • PSY3306 Psychology, Community and Work
  • PSY3246 Systems Consultation

Course Fees

The programme fees include school registration, course notes, selected articles, assignments, main examinations, degree certificate upon completion and transcript. Programme fees are due and payable as follows:

Evening Class
12 units 16 units
Application Fee (non-refundable) $107.00 $107.00
Instalment 1 $5,136.00 $4,565.34
Instalment 2 $5,136.00 $4,565.34
Instalment 3 $5,136.00 $4,565.33
Instalment 4 $5,136.00 $4,565.33
Instalment 5 $4,565.33
Instalment 6 4,565.33
Total payable $20,651.00 $27,499.00


* Fees above are inclusive of 7% GST but exclusive of Fee Protection Scheme (FPS). SMF Institute reserves the right to adjust the fees based on prevailing GST Act. Course fee is subjected to revision at the discretion of SMF Institute without notice. The fees herewith will supersede all existing course fees.

Entry Requirements

  • SMF Institute Specialist Diploma in Psychology
  • Diploma from Polytechnics
  • Recognised Diploma from private education institutions

Delivery methods

  • Classroom

Assesment Methods

  • Combination of course work and examination.

Graduation and Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Commencement date

March / November

Full/part time

Part Time

Length of course

Minimun 2 years

Course Price

$ 27,499.00


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