Psychology (2020)

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

Psychology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Psychology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Psychology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH203, PSYCH204, PSYCH211, and 60 points from PSYCH307, PSYCH314, PSYCH319, PSYCH322, PSYCH337 and PSYCH338.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major for the BSc, students must gain 120 points including at least 30 points from PSYCH307, PSYCH314, PSYCH319, PSYCH322, PSYCH337 and PSYCH338.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Psychology, including PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH211, 30 points at Level 200, and at least 60 points above 200 level.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points including at least 45 points above 200 level.

To complete a minor in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Psychology major, including at least 15 points at 200 level and at least 15 points at 300 level.

Note: Students intending to apply for postgraduate study in Psychology must include PSYCH307 in their programme of study, in order to meet prerequisites.

Students taking Psychology as part of a double major should discuss paper selection with one of the Psychology Undergraduate Advisors.


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  • Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc), GradCert(Psych) GradDip(GradDipPsych)

    A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons)

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Psychology papers, a student should normally have at least a B average either over 120 points of their Psychology major or over 300 level Psychology papers to a value of 60 points and must have passed PSYCH307.

    All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Head of School and/or the Graduate Studies Committee.

    To complete a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PSYCH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology.

    Note: PSYCH511, PSYCH513, PSYCH517, PSYCH518, PSYCH575, PSYCH581, PSYCH582 and PSYCH583 are not able to be counted towards the BSc(Hons).

    Applications for entry to the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BSocSc(Hons) close on the first Monday in December in the year preceding entry. Mid-year enrolments are accepted for the PGDip(Psych) only. Please contact the School of Psychology for further details. Applications for the PGDip(Psych) are accepted right up to the start of A and B trimester.

  • Prescriptions for the MA, MSc, MSc(Res) and MSocSc

    Entry to the Psychology Masters programme is competitive and it is recommended students discuss entry requirements and possible research topics with potential supervisors during their honours and PGDip year, before applying for entry to Masters.

    To complete an MA or MSocSc in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and the equivalent of 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To complete an MSc in Psychology, students admitted to the 120 point MSc, must take 60 points from approved 500 level papers and a 60 point dissertation.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(ClinAniBehav), PGDip(ClinAniBehav) and MCAB

    Note: The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Clinical Animal Behaviour are not available in 2021.

  • Prescriptions for the MAppPsy

    There are three specified programmes available within this degree: Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, and Organisational Psychology.

    Behaviour Analysis

    To complete a MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising the compulsory papers: PSYCH538, PSYCH560, PSYCH561, PSYCH577 and PSYCH587 or a 15 or 30 point directed study (PSYCH588, PSYCH589 or PSYCH590) in a relevant area, a 60 point dissertation (PSYCH592), 90 point thesis (PSYCH593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYCH594) and a further 30 to 105 points selected from the optional papers: PSYCH564, PSYCH575 and PSYCH581. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.

    Community Psychology

    To complete a MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 90 points from the compulsory papers (PSYCH511, PSYCH513, PSYCH575, PSYCH582, PSYCH583), a 60 point dissertation (PSYCH592) or a 90 point thesis (PSYCH593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYCH594), and 30 to 90 points from optional papers in Anthropology, Population Studies and Demography, Development Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Screen and Media Studies, and Sociology. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Community Psychology Programme Convenor.

    Organisational Psychology

    To complete a MAppPsy in Organisational Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points. A minimum of 180 points must be in Psychology, including the following compulsory papers: 120 point thesis (PSYCH594), on an I/O psychology topic, PSYCH539, PSYCH573, PSYCH579. Plus at least one from: PSYCH581, PSYCH585. The remaining 60 points may be chosen from a relevant, or related discipline, in consultation with the convenor of the programme.

    Students considering enrolment in the MAppPsy must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry into the programme. Entry is competitive. Applications should be made to the Convenor (indicating one of Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology), MAppPsy, School of Psychology.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych

    A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Community Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points from PSYC541, PSYC542 and PSYCH543 for Community Psychology, and PSYC551, PSYC552 and PSYCH553 for Applied Behaviour Analysis.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)

    Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the requirements for entry to the School's graduate programme. Applications must be received by 1 October in the year prior to their enrolment, and should be made to the Programme Administrator, School of Psychology. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November. Students should follow the application process as detailed on the University of Waikato's Clinical Psychology webpage.

    Note: PSYC521, PSYC522, PSYC523, PSYC524, PSYCH526 and PSYCH527 are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
    PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
    PSYCH110Psychology Goes to the Movies: What Blockbuster Films Get Right and Wrong About the Science of Human Behaviour 15.020G (Online)
    In this course we examine the scientific integrity of popular movies with psychological themes, addressing questions such as “How well does this film depict psychological principles, behaviours, and psychological science?”.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
    PSYCH203Cognitive Psychology and Development15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.
    PSYCH204Behavioural Psychology and Perception15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an introduction to behavioural psychology and to the psychology of perception. Students will learn about the philosophy behind the behavioural approach to psychology, the basic principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community impor...
    PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    HMDEV340Perspectives on Counselling15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
    PSYCH300Work Placement in Psychology15.020B (Hamilton)
    This paper fulfils The University of Waikato's requirement for all students to engage with the wider community in a work-related or applied project setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work settings relevant to the field of Psychology. A limited number of placements may ...
    PSYCH301Psychology Research Assistantship15.020A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    This paper fulfils The University of Waikato's requirement for all students to engage with the wider community in a work-related or applied project setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the field of Psychology.
    PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
    PSYCH307Psychological Research Methods15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The paper covers research theory and methods, making students critical consumers of psychological research. It expands on concepts taught in PSYCH211 to build more advanced research skills.
    PSYCH314Behaviour Analysis15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an understanding of the philosophy of behaviourism, experimental methods used in the study of behaviour, and the application of behavioural principles
    PSYCH317Organisational Psychology15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course offers a general introduction to how psychology can be used to build better workplaces and work lives. It takes a problem-solving approach, introducing key work psychology concepts and building student understanding of how to apply them to work, while providing an awareness of how business priorities inform applied psyc...
    PSYCH319Infant and Child Development15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of infants' and children's cognitive, emotional, and social development from a psychological perspective.
    PSYCH322Memory and Cognition15.020A (Hamilton)
    Research, theories and principles in memory and cognition, with an emphasis on the applications to real-world problems, such as the overlap of psychology and the law.
    PSYCH337Individual Differences and Measurement15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course will cover measurement issues in psychology, and a range of basic measurement techniques. It will include coverage of theories of intelligence and of personality and their measurement.
    PSYCH338Mental Health and Well Being15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This course offers an introduction to the definition, assessment, and treatment of mental disorders.
    PSYCH344Positive Psychology15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover research in areas such as well-being, flow, personal strength, creativity, innovation, psychological health, resilience and characteristics of positive groups, institutions and organisations.
    PSYCH360Special Topic: Psychology of Security, Crime Science, and Criminal Behaviour15.020A (Online) & 20B (Online)
    This special topic examines topical issues in psychological aspects of security and crime science, by drawing on theory, research and relevant applications in psychological science
    PSYCH389Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
    PSYCH390Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYC521Professional Issues in Clinical Practice20.020D (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    PSYC522Bicultural Approaches to Clinical Practice20.020D (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    PSYC523Clinical Practicum 1: Fundamental Clinical Skills20.020A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    PSYC524Clinical Practicum 2: Advanced and Specialist Skills20.020B (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    PSYC541Case Study Analysis in Community Psychology40.020X (Hamilton)
    This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
    PSYC542Professional Issues in Community Psychology20.020X (Hamilton)
    This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
    PSYC551Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA40.020X (Hamilton) & 20X (Online)
    Students learn to apply behavioural theory and research to specific issues faced in practice, develop evidence-based interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological interventions.
    PSYC552Professional Issues in Psychology ABA20.020I (Online), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Online)
    Students develop an in-depth understanding of ethical principles and other professional issues in the practice of behavioural psychology, including cultural competency requirements and familiarity with relevant ethical codes and guidelines.
    PSYCH511Evaluation Research Design15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a theoretical grounding in programme evaluation, with an emphasis on the evaluation of programmes in the not-for-profit sector. Emphasis is placed on qualitative methods, collaborative approaches and evaluation as a strategy of incremental social change.
    PSYCH513Evaluation Research Analysis30.020X (Block)
    This paper provides an introduction to evaluation praxis with a major focus on completing a small scale evaluation of a social service or health programme. Such roles as consultant, advocate, liaison and technician are part of the skills students experience. Engagement with the client through refining and negotiating an evaluation ...
    PSYCH526Clinical Internship: Assessment-Focused30.020I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    This paper consists of a supervised clinical internship focused on learning basic clinical psychology skills and principles. Students also attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars, and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of their clinical experience.
    PSYCH527Clinical Internship: Treatment-Focused30.020I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    This paper consists of a supervised clinical internship focused on learning basic clinical psychology skills and principles. Students also attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars, and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of their clinical experience.
    PSYCH535Traumatic Memories and Repression15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines topical issues in traumatic memory and repression by drawing on theory and research in psychological science.
    PSYCH538Applications of Behaviour Analysis15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
    This paper focuses on the implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in practice. Behavioural interventions and programmes, including common manualised interventions, will be reviewed. The objective is to identify critical components and essential practical skills, and to provide opportunity to practice these skills. Implem...
    PSYCH539Graduate Research Methods in Psychology15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper will give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills base in research methods in Psychology. Its focus is in assisting students to understand, critique and conduct and report on research in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, multivariate/correlational designs, meta-analysis, and this paper w...
    PSYCH543The Practice of Community Psychology60.020X (Hamilton)
    This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
    PSYCH553The Practice of Psychology ABA60.020X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    PSYCH556Advanced Topics in Adult Mental Health and Well Being15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper builds on PSYC338 and is a core paper for students in the Clinical Diploma Programme. It explores the various manifestations of adult psychopathology and covers the key areas of diagnosis, assessment, treatment and theories of etiology. It also investigates issues associated with psychopathology, such as stigmatisation, ...
    PSYCH557Positive Psychology Research: Theory and Practice15.020A (Hamilton)
    Provides students theoretical and practical broadening in Positive Psychology, the study of positive emotions, character strength, resilience and mental well-being.
    PSYCH560Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
    This paper closely examines the conceptual and philosophical foundations of behaviour analysis: Commonly accepted behavioural concepts and principles are reexamined. The paper aims to help students understand current thinking in behavioural psychology, and how this intersects with other subfields of psychology. It has a strong focu...
    PSYCH561Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    This course provides an in-depth introduction to the conceptual foundations and core principles of behaviour analysis, including research and theory related to the concepts of reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, derived stimulus relations, and motivating operations.
    PSYCH562Theories of Psychotherapy15.020B (Hamilton)
    This paper surveys the prominent systems of therapy in order to provide students with knowledge of how each type of therapeutic school conceptualizes the processes used to describe personal problems, relevant change mechanisms, and treatment modalities. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge of an integrative model to use as ...
    PSYCH564Developmental Psychopathology15.020B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers research on major childhood syndromes including conduct disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adolescent problems and childhood anxiety.
    PSYCH573Learning, Training and Development15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the role of psychology in learning at work, as well as the development, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. It is particularly relevant for students interested in organisational psychology, as well as those moving into careers which involve developing training or workshop-based interventions ...
    PSYCH575Kaupapa Māori Psychology15.020A (Hamilton)
    Indigenous psychologies are sensitive to context, conscious of history and responsive to multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. This paper will cover topics relevant to students who wish to work as psychologists in applied settings, in particular, clinical, community and organisational settings and applied psychological r...
    PSYCH577Research Methods in Behaviour Analysis15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    This course covers research methodologies used in the field of behaviour analysis, including collection of data, experimental design, data presentation and analysis, and interpretation and reporting of research findings.
    PSYCH579Applying Psychology to Work15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to help students develop a critical awareness of psychological contributions to how our work and workplaces are designed. It will develop student knowledge of how psychology can be used to understand work behaviour and relationships, create more efficient workplaces and protect employee safety, as well as enh...
    PSYCH580The Psychology of Criminal Conduct15.020B (Hamilton)
    Over recent years correctional psychology has been developing into a specialised discipline with strong career paths for clinicians and researchers. This paper is designed to introduce individuals to the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, prevention, assessment, and treatment of criminal behaviour.
    PSYCH581Psychological Assessment15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of psychological and behavioural assessments that are commonly used in New Zealand. The paper is targeted to students intending to pursue further study to become a registered psychologist.
    PSYCH582Community Health Psychology15.020X (Block)
    This paper provides an introduction to community health psychology and the theoretical and practical dilemmas faced by psychologists working with participative approaches within the health arena.
    PSYCH583Foundations of Community Psychology15.020X (Block)
    This paper emphasises the application of community psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand, especially in relation to its emergence as a bicultural nation. Students are strongly recommended to also enrol in PSYC575, which deals specifically with the Treaty of Waitangi.
    PSYCH585Leadership and Change15.020B (Hamilton) & 20X (Block)
    This paper focuses on the processes and outcomes of organisational change management, and the knowledge and skills required of organisational psychologists who function as organisational consultants.
    PSYCH587Behaviour Analysis Practicum15.020D (Hamilton) & 20D (Online)
    This paper focuses on the knowledge and skills required for practitioners and academics in behaviour analysis working in applied settings. Students will gain this knowledge and these skills in the context of a practical project in a community setting. This will involve conducting a behavioural assessment to identify intervention ne...
    PSYCH588Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    PSYCH589Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
    PSYCH590Directed Study30.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20D (Hamilton), 20D (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton) & 20S (Tauranga)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
    PSYCH591Honours Dissertation30.020D (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH592Dissertation60.020X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH593Psychology Thesis90.020X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PSYCH594Psychology Thesis120.020X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYC800Psychology MPhil Thesis120.020X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYC900Psychology PhD Thesis120.020I (Hamilton), 20I (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 26 November 2020 8:48am

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