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Programme Structure

Offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Shek Mun Campus of the College of International Education (CIE), the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology is specially designed for holders of Associate Degree (AD) from CIE and other equivalent AD or Higher Diploma programmes who wish to pursue psychology as their field of studies.

Programme Features and Aims
To foster positive life attitudes and goals in accordance with the University's mission of whole-person education;
To provide students with knowledge and skills in the study of human behaviour, including an awareness of the socio-cultural and individual differences that influence human behaviour;
To provide fundamental training for a professional and/or academic career in psychology, with emphasis on issues related to the ethical treatment of human and animal courses;
To ensure students acquire a thorough understanding of psychological principles and apply them in various settings, particularly in the areas of clinical, developmental and educational psychology;
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To equip students with the essential knowledge and skills in conducting research in psychology.
Award
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology awarded by the Hong Kong Baptist University
Programme Structure and Requirements for Year Three and Year Four (66 units)
A) Required Major Core Courses (48 units)
APPY 3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology* 3 units
APPY 3017 Personality Psychology* 3 units
APPY 3027 Abnormal Psychology* 3 units
APPY 3037 Social Psychology* 3 units
APPY 3005 Basic Learning Processes 3 units
APPY 3015 Biological Psychology 3 units
APPY 3025 History and Systems of Psychology 3 units
APPY 3035 Experimental Psychology 3 units
APPY 3045 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 units
APPY 3055 Sensation and Perception 3 units
APPY 4005 Cognitive Psychology 3 units
APPY 4008-09 Honours Project I & II 6 units
APPY 4015 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3 units
APPY 4025 Motivation and Emotion 3 units
APPY 4035 Psychology of the Chinese People 3 units
*Graduates of AD in Psychology from HKBU and other recognized institutions with comparable syllabi will be exempted from taking these courses if they obtained grades B or above in them. Nevertheless, they will have to take 12 more units from the major elective courses to fulfill the total number of 66 units required by the programme.
B) Major Elective Courses (18 units)
APPY 3105 Consumer Psychology 3 units
APPY 3115 Educational Psychology 3 units
APPY 3125 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 units
APPY 3135 Ethics and Writing in Psychology 3 units
APPY 3145 Qualitative Research Methods 3 units
APPY 4105 Counselling Psychology 3 units
APPY 4108-09 Psychology in Applied Settings-Practicum I & II 6 units
APPY 4115 Advanced Research Methods 3 units
APPY 4125 Clinical Psychology 3 units
APPY 4135 Issues & Practice in Educational Settings 3 units
Pre-requisite
Students should have taken courses in Statistics and General Psychology
Course Description: Major Core Courses (48 units)
APPY 3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the methods of doing research in psychology. This will begin by discussing research as a general research strategy and work through several interrelated methods of collecting data : experimental and non-experimental research.
APPY 3017 Personality Psychology
This course is an introduction to the major theoretical points of view and research relevant to the study of personality. In addition, it will also look at the Chinese personality and its relevant research. This subject will provide a solid foundation for advanced studies in Psychology and help students to continue with more advanced courses.
APPY 3027 Abnormal Psychology
This course provides a survey of behavioural disorders in terms of the emotional, psychological, and cultural constellation of the person.
APPY 3037 Social Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to research and theories related to social behaviors. By combining theories with current research and practical applications, this course can provide students with a sound foundation to understand why people behave in a particular way in the social settings.
APPY 3005 Basic Learning Processes
This course intends to introduce students to the basic psychological approaches to learning. In this course, we will explore how behaviors are acquired, shaped and controlled by biological and environmental factors, resulting in learning and memory. Emphasis will also be put on how theories learned in the class can be applied to our everyday life.
APPY 3015 Biological Psychology
This course intends to give an overview of the biological basis of behavior. Topics include the structure of the brain and the nervous system, psychopharmacology, wakefulness and sleep, reproductive behavior, the biology of learning, memory, language as well as mental disorders.
APPY 3025 History and Systems of Psychology
This course is intended to introduce and familiarize students with the basic ideas and issues concerning the history and traditions of psychology. Though the focus of the course will be on the major psychological systems, the contemporary ones will also be introduced.
APPY 3035 Experimental Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the philosophy and methods of scientific research in psychology. Fundamental assumptions and principles of scientific observation and research design will be discussed. Students will learn techniques and practicalities of conducting psychological research.
APPY 3045 Lifespan Development Psychology
This course aims to provide an introduction to the different aspects of human development from a lifespan perspective. It introduces the factors and processes in human development and psychological adjustment, including critical concepts, theories and studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages.
APPY 3055 Sensation and Perception
This course intends to introduce students to major aspects of perceptual processes in vision, audition and touch and chemical senses. The course will also include basic concepts of neuropsychology related to perception as well as issues in perceptual development.
APPY 4005 Cognitive Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the basic concepts in cognitive psychology. Recent findings in neuroscience will be used to illuminate key ideas in cognitive psychology. Emphasis will also be put on how to apply concepts learnt to everyday life.
APPY 4008-09 Honours Projects I & II
Pre-requisite: APPY 3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology or equivalent
Students will work on a research project on an approved topic. Each individual project must include: a research question, a review of current literature, analysis of data, reporting of results, and discussion of the findings. The total length of the text of the report should be between 9,000 and 15,000 words. The data collected for each research project should be available for inspection.
APPY 4015 Psychological Testing and Assessment
Pre-requisite: Business Statistics or equivalent
The course intends to introduce students to the major aspects of psychological measurements. Types of assessment tools, specifically relating to personality, intelligence, and vocational interests will be discussed. Relevant concepts in statistics such as reliability, validity, item analysis will also be examined.
APPY 4025 Motivation and Emotion
This course intends to introduce students to research and theories related to human motivation and emotion. By combining a strong theoretical foundation with current research and practical applications, this course can provide students with a valuable tool for understanding why people do what they do and why people feel what they feel.
APPY 4035 Psychology of Chinese People
This course intends to introduce the field of cross-cultural psychology to students. The subject will focus on the challenge of developing a psychology of Chinese people. Recent research findings in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and educational psychology will be incorporated in the course.
Course Description: Major Elective Courses (18 units)
APPY 3105 Consumer Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the application of psychological theories and concepts to the behaviours of consumers. Managerial implications of consumer behaviours as well as consumer research as an academic discipline will be discussed. A case-study approach will be adopted to facilitate students' ability to apply relevant theories/research to the understanding of different marketing strategies.
APPY 3115 Educational Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the current psychological research and theory in teaching and learning. This subject will also highlight the major developmental theories, research methods, classroom management, and instructional techniques. Through participation in and completion of a learning project, students will gain hands-on field experience.
APPY 3125 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to both the science and practice of I/O psychology. Discussion will focus on the evaluation of theories and research in major topics of interest to I/O psychologists (e.g., personnel selection, performance appraisal, motivation, leadership) as well as on the application of theories and research to improve productivity and quality of work life.
APPY 3135 Ethics and Writing in Psychology
This course aims to introduce students to the ethical issues in psychological research. Students will acquire an understanding of the ethics codes stipulated by professional bodies and how the principles are applied to various research settings.
APPY 3145 Qualitative Research Methods
Pre-requisite: APPY 3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology or equivalent
This course intends to introduce students to the methods of conducting qualitative research in psychology. The topics to be discussed include qualitative research as a general research strategy, and the interrelated methods of collecting qualitative data: unstructured observations, structured observations, focus group interviews, diaries, and archives. This subject will also introduce a content analysis strategy to assess written documents and the media.
APPY 4105 Counselling Psychology
Pre-requisite: APPY 3017 Personality Psychology or equivalent
The course intends to provide an overview of the counselling profession. Research in efficacy and assessment will be included in the course to emphasize the scientist-practitioner model. Students will also be introduced to the various settings where counseling psychologists can contribute their professional knowledge.
APPY 4108-09 Psychology in Applied Settings-Practicum I & II
The course intends to give students an opportunity to apply the psychological theories that they have learned to the different sectors of the community, such as business, education, and social services.
APPY 4115 Advanced Research Methods
Pre-requisite: APPY 3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology or equivalent
The course intends to introduce to students the design and data analytical techniques required for multivariate data analysis. The focus of the subject will be on multiple regression, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, and item response analysis. The subject is both theoretical and applied in nature. Students will also learn to input and analyze data using the SPSS and AMOS. This subject will lay a foundation for future research at the Masters and PhD level.
APPY 4125 Clinical Psychology
This course intends to introduce students to the field of clinical psychology. The typical work areas of clinical psychologists, including psychological assessment and therapy will be covered. A number of theoretical approaches to therapy and specialties in the field will also be discussed.
APPY 4135 Issues and Practice in Educational Settings
Pre-requisite: APPY 3115 Educational Psychology or equivalent
The course intends to introduce students to the major contemporary issues and professional practice in the area of educational psychology. While students will develop an understanding of the importance of a lifespan approach in educational psychology, this course focuses specifically on the child and adolescent life stages and their key contexts such as family and school.
Campus
The programme is offered at the new Shek Mun Campus which opened in September, 2006. Situated next to the Shek Mun Station of Ma On Shan line, the 30,000 square meter campus is fully equipped with teaching and learning facilities such as library, student activity centre, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, auditorium, lecture theatre, etc. The professionally designed psychology laboratory and the Child Assessment Centre are also set up in support of the delivery of the programme.

Career Prospects for Graduates
The programme provides students with training in preparation for careers in psychology and related fields, such as social services, teaching, research, business, and communication. Graduates are also eligible to apply for membership with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

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