Psychology Papers at Tauranga (2018)

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 major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences and the Bachelor of Science. Psychology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty 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 PSYCH303, PSYCH304, PSYCH305, PSYCH306, PSYCH308, PSYCH309, PSYCH312 and PSYCH313.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Psychology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include PSYCH100, PSYCH101.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including at least 45 points above 200 level.

BSc students must include at least 30 points from PSYCH303, PSYCH304, PSYCH305, PSYCH306, PSYCH308, PSYCH309, PSYCH311, PSYCH312 and PSYCH313.

It is recommended that all students intending to major in Psychology include PSYCH211 and PSYCH311 in their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 300 level and postgraduate study.

To complete a minor in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Psychology major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Psychology in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 10 and 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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-being18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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.
    PSYCH102Psychology as a Social Science18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    An introduction and critical examination of major perspectives in social psychology, paying particular attention to the New Zealand and Asia/Pacific context and the interaction between people, groups, communities and global society.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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.
    PSYCH203Brain, Cognition, and Development18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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 Perception18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    Students will learn the basic assumptions of the philosophy of behaviourism, the principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community importance.
    PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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 Occurrence / Location
    HDCO340Perspectives on Counselling18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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.
    PSYC301Community, Culture and Diversity: Applied Social Psychology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    Applied social and community psychology spans diverse approaches and theoretical stances for researching and addressing social issues. Topics include diversity, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, health, criminal justice, media, social power, poverty, and interventions.
    PSYC307Research Methods18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to research theory and methods, making them critical consumers of psychological research. It is a prerequisite for entry into the Psychology graduate programme.
    PSYC310Psychology and Gender18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the contribution of psychological research and theory to understanding issues of gender, sexual orientation, gender roles and gender relationships.
    PSYC314Behaviour Analysis18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    A study of theoretical, experimental and applied behaviour analysis. Laboratory work involving animals is required.
    PSYC317Organisational Psychology18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The application of psychological theories and research to job-related and organisational issues.
    PSYC319Psychological Perspectives on Child Development18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on the psychological study of children's cognitive, emotional, and social development, with attention to the applications and implications of these findings in the New Zealand context.
    PSYC337Psychological Measurement18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper covers basic issues in psychological measurement applicable across a range of psychological specialities, with an emphasis on measures and strategies appropriate for the New Zealand and, where applicable, Maori context.
    PSYC338Abnormal Psychology18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper deals with the classification and treatment of the major classes of psychopathology.
    PSYC344Positive Psychology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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.
    PSYC388Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Tauranga)
    Students may nominate a field of study and proceed to cover it by their own reading and research under the personal direction of a staff member. Entry to a directed study requires approval from Psychology prior to enrolment. A directed study cannot be taken as part of a Psychology major or used to raise grade average.
    PSYC390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Tauranga), 18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
    Students may nominate a field of study and proceed to cover it by their own reading and research under the personal direction of a staff member. Entry to a directed study requires approval from Psychology prior to enrolment. A directed study cannot be taken as part of psychology major or used to raise grade average.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MSc, MSc(Research) and MSocSc

    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 PSYC307.

    The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.

    Students should choose an appropriate and balanced programme of study from among the options listed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Chair 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 PSYC591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology. PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC517, PSYC518, PSYC575, PSYC581, PSYC582 and PSYC583 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 each semester.

    To complete an MA or MSocSc in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis, 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 must take either a 120 point thesis and the equivalent of 120 points from approved 500 level papers or a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 150 points from approved 500 level papers.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYC588Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Online) & 18S (Tauranga)
    Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Department of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
    PSYC589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Online) & 18S (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.
    PSYC590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Tauranga), 18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (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.
    PSYC591Honours Dissertation18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYC593Psychology Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PSYC594Psychology Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 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.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYC900Psychology PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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