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Bachelor of Commerce with the degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


Faculty of Business and Economics
Bachelor of Commerce with the degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (BComBPsych(Hons))
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 5 years
Study Period Offerings:
Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for this degree 120
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 60
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 30
Minimum number of credit points designated as Commerce 42
Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Commerce
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
For students commencing their program from 2011, entry to Psychology honours year will require an SNG (Standard Numerical Grade) of 70 over all Psychology units and an average SNG of 75 over all 300 level Psychology units; and a minimum of 72 credit points. Applicants to the fourth year honours program who do not meet these requirements may also be considered on an individual basis. This minimum entry requirement also applies to any students who transfer into the BComBPsych(Hons) program.
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below or as part of the student's qualifying major(s) will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Techniques and Elements of Finance (3)
Principles of Management (3)
Microeconomic Principles (3)
Marketing Fundamentals (3)
Introduction to Psychology I (3)
Introduction to Psychology II (3)
Accounting IA (3)
Accounting Information for Decision-Making (3)
one of
Quantitative Business Decisions (3)
Introductory Statistics (3)
Statistical Data Analysis (3)

200 level

Social and Personality Psychology (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Biopsychology and Learning (3)
Cognitive Processes I (3)
Perception I (3)
Design and Statistics II (3)

300 level

Psychological Science: Putting Theory into Practice (3)
Design and Statistics III (3)
Research Methods in Psychology (3)
Principles of Psychological Assessment (3)
6cp from
PSY units at 300 level
PSYC units at 300 level

400 level

Advanced Research Design and Statistics (3)
Advanced Ethics and Assessment in Psychology (3)
The Scientist Practitioner Model (3)
one of
Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology: Child Abuse and Neglect (3)
Psychology at Work: Theory, Research and Application (3)
Introduction to Theories of Counselling (3)
Advanced Issues in Health Psychology (3)
Advanced Issues in Development Psychology: Development Problems across the Lifespan (3)
3cp from
PSY units at 400 level
PSYC units at 400 level
Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.
Qualifying Majors for the Bachelor of Commerce
Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
CRICOS Code 079305G
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Commerce with the degree Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) equips you with a comprehensive range of business skills and knowledge through flexible unit choice across a variety of business and commerce disciplines.

This program lets you gain a comprehensive understanding of Commerce and business functions, strategy and skills whilst equipping you with a wide range of fundamental psychological concepts which will help you understand how people think, act and feel.

Progression to honours is completed in the 5th year, subject to a specified level of high achievement. On completion of this degree, students are able to proceed to postgraduate training in psychology towards registration as a psychologist.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of the Bachelor of Commerce it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and principles of the chosen major or majors (K)
2. display competence in the technical skills required to apply the key concepts and principles of the chosen major or majors to business contexts (K)
3. critically analyse business issues in the area of the chosen major or majors (T, I)
4. evaluate established knowledge in the area of the chosen major or majors (T, I)
5. develop solutions to business problems in the area of the chosen major or majors (P, J)
6. use effective written communication in a business environment (C)
7. use effective oral communication in a business environment (C)
8. demonstrate an awareness of contemporary issues in the chosen major or majors (A)
9. demonstrate an awareness of the role of ethical behaviour in businesses (E).

By the end of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program it is anticipated you should be able to:

10. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core subject specific areas of psychology (K, T)
11. use the concepts, language, major theories, and perspectives of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena (K, C)
12. identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions (K, T, P, I, J)
13. demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking and independent learning to solve problems related to a range of issues, including behaviour and mental processes (K, T, P, I, J, L)
14. communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally to the professional requirements of the discipline (C)
15. engage in a critical review of appropriate and relevant information regarding psychological processes and demonstrate analytical research skills in evaluating psychological literature. Recognise and evaluate arguments and other persuasive appeals and approaches to problems (K, T, C, P)
16. understand, apply, conduct, and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, and the appropriate use of technologies by which to do this (K, T, P, I)
17. identify how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy and apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life (A , J, E)
18. develop insight into your own and others’ behaviour and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement (J)
19. articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy (E)
20. examine the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences (E)
21. contribute to the knowledge base of psychology through research (K, T, P, I, C, J, L)
22. describe and discuss the ethical standards and legislative frameworks governing research and practice in psychology, and exhibit an awareness of the importance of ethics in maintaining the integrity of the profession (E, A).
Learning and Teaching Methods Refer to separate statements for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
Assessment Refer to separate statements for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. For recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning, please refer to the relevant RPL Plan, which describes the evidential requirements and approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit in this program.

For undergraduate RPL plans visit
For postgraduate RPL plans visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a degree with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence of study and allows you to proceed to further study in the profession of psychology or a higher research degree.

Career opportunities are largely determined by the level of academic training with options available in:
• business areas such as: human resources, finance, economics, accounting, training or marketing
• educational institutions as a research assistant or report writer
• employment in psychology related areas
• family or community based organisations
• government departments and agencies
• health services organisations
• business analyst firms
• financial institutions
• marketing and pr firms
• management consultancies
• public policy
• teaching and academia.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is the accrediting authority. A submission was made early in 2013 with the 3 day site visit in September 2013. All four year psychology sequences received the grade of ACCREDITATION WITHOUT CONDITIONS on the basis that they meet all of the APAC Accreditation Standards (June 2010). The period of accreditation is 2014 – 2018. The next submission is due in 2018, followed by a site visit for the following 5 year accreditation cycle.