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Diploma in Applied Psychology

This course provides students with a sound theoretical knowledge of all the key applied psychology areas. Topics covered are principles of psychology, statistics, foundations of psychology, research methods, social psychology, brain and cognition, understanding personality and developmental psychology.

Programme Objective

Successful completion of the program will enable Diploma graduates to:

  • demonstrate a sound foundation understanding of the scope and focus of the major fields in Applied Psychology
  • demonstrate high levels of proficiency in research and specific methodology including research planning and implementation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research results, and the presentation and communication of research findings >
  • demonstrate awareness of a wide range of research methods and the ethical and social responsibilities of a psychologist.

enhance the psychological wellbeing of clients by applying the professional skills in assessment, counselling, evaluation and intervention with a high degree of proficiency

Delivery Method

Generally the curriculum for all levels are taught over 4 terms of 12 weeks. Modules are conducted in formal instructor-led classroom sessions where students are introduced to the course discipline. Each term will cover 2-3 modules with 54 contact hours per module. Lectures are 3-hour sessions and Tutorial 3-hour sessions weekly

Delivery Schedule
 2020 Quarter 1
6 Jan 2020 -  12 Apr 2020 
 2020 Quarter 2
13 Apr 2020 - 05 Jul 2020 
 2020 Quarter 3
06 Jul 2020 - 27 Sep 2020 
 2020 Quarter 4
28 Sep 2020 - 03 Jan 2021 
AS 1078 Brain and Cognition AS 1015 Psychology in Everyday Life AS 1045 Research Methods AS 1078 Brain and Cognition
AS 1085 Counselling Psychology AS 1025 Foundation of Psychology AS1055 Statistics AS 1085 Counselling Psychology
  AS 1035 Developmental Psychology AS 1065 Social Psychology  
 2021 Quarter 1
04 Jan 2021 - 11 Apr 2021 
 2021 Quarter 2
12 Apr 2021 - 04 Jul 2021 
 2021 Quarter 3
05 Jul 2021 - 26 Sep 2021 
 2021 Quarter 4
27 Sep 2021 - 02 Jan 2022 
AS 1015 Psychology in Everyday Life AS 1045 Research Methods AS 1078 Brain and Cognition AS 1015 Psychology in Everyday Life
AS 1025 Foundation of Psychology AS1055 Statistics AS 1085 Counselling Psychology AS 1025 Foundation of Psychology
AS 1035 Developmental Psychology AS 1065 Social Psychology   AS 1035 Developmental Psychology
Progression Pathway
Diploma in Applied Psychology
Mode & Duration
Full-time: 9 mths
Part-time: 9 mths
Jan / Apr / Jul / Oct
Average Teacher-Student Ratio
Each module is assessed by academic work comprising written assignments, case study reports, essays, examination as determined by the subject profile. The assessment criterion varies from module to module and level to level.
  • 1. Counselling Psychology
    • This module is designed to introduce the student to the theory and issues involved in counselling. Various models of counselling and behaviour change that constitute the field of counselling psychology will be examined along with an introduction to the major theories and their related techniques and interventions. There will be emphasis on the theoretical orientations such as the 4 paradigms of therapeutic psychology, namely behavioural, cognitive, cognitive behavioural and humanistic.
  • 2. Developmental Psychology I
    • This module is designed to provide students with an overall perspective of the life-span developmental perspective which is an important component of the discipline of psychology and provides a background understanding of human functioning which must be considered by researchers and practitioners working in all areas of the discipline.
  • 3. Foundation of Psychology
    • This module is designed to provide students with an overall perspective of the scope, nature, and methods involved in psychological research. The major concepts examined in this course include memory and learning strategies, research methods in psychology, the biological basis of behaviour, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception, learning through classical and operant conditioning, intelligence, thought and language, and consciousness. Basic aspects of research design will be covered.
  • 4. Psychology in Everyday Life
    • This module introduces students to an overall perspective, psychology as applied to modern life. The module enables students to relate what they are learning to issues that they encounter in their everyday life, such as stressm health, work, personal relationships, communication, and self-esteem. This course also helps students understand behavioural traits and personality, and how it sharps our perspective on such areas as sexuality, social pressure, mental health and prejudice.
  • 5. Research Methods
    • This module is designed to cover the methods of research used to answer psychological questions. It will explore the techniques and utilise SPSS to engage students to explore basic approaches to research design and data analysis, and issues that affect decision making in research. The aim of this module are to provide a foundation for understanding the process of psychological inquiry and to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate studies in the psychological literature. Specific emphasis will be on interpretation and design of research in psychology.
  • 6. Social Psychology
    • This module introduces students to the scientific study of social behaviour, and to the process of empirical research and report writing as an essential skill for applied psychology. Social behaviour is introduced as the study of social processes at a number of levels from the individual level through to more broadly based social phenomena. Some of the major concepts and areas of social psychology are introduced (e.g., social research methods, socialisation, self-esteem, altruism, aggression, attitudes, communication, interpersonal relationships, family issues, prejudice, group processes, cultural considerations, leadership and social influence).
  • 7. Statistics
    • This module introduces the methods and statistics used to develop knowledge in the field of psychology. Topics covered include operationalising theoretical constructs, internal and external validity, sampling and assignment, and an introduction to survey and experimental methods. Data analysis techniques include measures of central tendency, chi-square tests, t-tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation and regression as they pertain to psychological research. Planned and post-hoc comparisons in an ANOVA context are also explored. The concepts of statistical inference, decision making, and potential sources of error are also covered. The computer statistical package, SPSS, is used to develop practical analysis skills and enhance conceptual understanding. Reliable access to a suitable computer and internet access is required as per faculty of science requirements.
  • 8. Brain & Cognition
    • This module is an introduction to the concepts of biological psychology. Students will gain a basic understanding of how brain structure relates to brain function and behaviour. Topics covered include brain structure, neuronal communication, drugs and hormonal influences on the brain, visual sensation and perception, sleep and waking states, brain lateralization, language and psychological disorders.

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