Are you interested in human behaviour? Psychology is an exciting area of study that explores why people behave in certain ways and is beneficial across many industries, including health care, social assistance, education, marketing and more.
The Certificate of Psychology is a short online professional development program that will develop your foundation knowledge for a deeper understanding of human behaviour. You will learn about psychological disorders, organisational psychology and social psychology.
In this introductory course in psychology, you will discover the nature and scope of psychology, including the biological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, consciousness, perception, needs, drives and motivation.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a greater understanding of psychology to complement your current career and a solid foundation on which to base further studies in this fascinating field.
Unit 1 - The Nature and Scope of Psychology
Different approaches to psychology
It’s all common sense isn’t it?
Key issues in psychology
Free will and determinism
Unit 2 - Neurological Basis of Behaviour
Structures of the nervous system
Central nervous system
Peripheral nervous system
How nerves transmit messages
The brain and method
Methods of investigating the brain
The strange case of Phineas Gage
Split brain operations
Localisation of function
Unit 3 - Environmental Effects on Behaviour
Learning and behaviour
Learning and memory
Memory improvement strategies
Unit 4 - Consciousness and Perception
Status of consciousness in psychology
Nature of consciousness
Relationship between consciousness and perception
Unconscious and subconscious
Altered state of consciousness
Sleeping and dreaming
Chemically altered perception
Factors affecting perception
Unit 5 - Personality
Theories of personality
Theoretical approaches to human personality.
Id, ego and superego
Psychological defence mechanisms
Genes and personality
Unit 6 - Psychological Development
Nature v. nurture
Environment and development
Stages of development
Adult psychological development
Criticisms of stage theories
Unit 7 - Needs, Drives and Motivation
Behaviourist theories of human motivation
Maslow’s theory of human motivation
Complementary and conflicting motives
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.