Department of Counselling & Psychology


Email us: counpsy@hksyu.edu
Phone: +852 2806 5197
Fax: +852 2806 8044

B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology
(for students admitted in or after 2017/18)

• Course Schedule: 1st year , 2nd year , 3rd year , 4th year
Suggested Areas of Concentration

:: PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE::
The body of knowledge surrounding the study of Psychology is founded in systems, theories and empirical research. The programme therefore encompasses not only a study of the systems and theories of psychology, but also the protocols, ethics, skills and techniques of empirical research. It is designed to give students sufficient grounding in the core areas of Psychology to qualify them for direct entry into any career potentially open to Psychology graduates in both the private and the public sectors. For those aspiring to further their education upon graduation, this programme will qualify them for postgraduate training in Psychology in any accredited university.

:: Mode of Attendance ::

Full-time

:: Duration of Programme ::
Four Years

:: Admission Requirements and Procedures ::
Please refer: http://www.hksyu.edu/Info/admission_procedures.html

:: Emphasis of the Programmes ::
This programme places substantial emphasis on the development of research competence. This stimulates students to think critically and creatively, and provides a solid foundation from which they can develop their further interest in Psychology.

:: Programme Structure and Curriculum ::
This degree programme is a four-year, broad-based programme in which the core courses in Psychology comprise 37%, and departmental electives comprise 27% of the total credits. The remaining credits cover the areas of language competence, information and communication technology, and non-departmental electives. The minimum number of credits for each semester is 12. The minimum requirement for graduation is 122 credits. Students may take up to a maximum of 135 credits with the approval of Registrar and Head of Department.

:: Course Schedule:

First Year Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Language Requirements
CHI 101-2 First Year Chinese I and II 4 4
ENG 111-2 English Usage I and II 3 3
Introductory Courses
PSY 100 Introductory Psychology 3 -
PSY 103 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 -
PSY 110 Biological Bases of Behaviour - 3
PSY 120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3
PSY 206 Research Methods and Designs - 3
Total Compulsory Credits 13 16
Elective Courses
General Education Courses and/or Non-Departmental Elective Courses (Level 1 or 2) (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 3 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 6
Required Total Credits 35
Additional requirements for all students: 
PSY 101 Core Competencies in Psychology 2 hrs.per week, Pass/Fail

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Second Year Curriculum

SECOND YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Language Requirements
ENG 211-2 English Usage I and II 3 3
Foundation Courses
PSY 200 Social Psychology - 3
PSY 204 Personality and Individual Differences - 3
PSY 205 Cognitive Psychology 3 -
Practical Courses in Research
PSY 213 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis 3 -
PSY 214 Qualitative Research Methods - 3
Total Compulsory Credits 9
12
Departmental Electives (Must choose at least 6 credits from the following courses) 
COUN 200 Theories and Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 -
COUN 210 Micro-Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
COUN 220 Cultural Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
PSY 207 History and Systems of Psychology - 3
PSY 208 Psychoanalytic Concepts (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 209 Positive Psychology 3 (3)
PSY 215 Cyberpsychology 3 -
PSY 303 Health Psychology 3 -
PSY 306 Business Psychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 307 Educational Psychology 3 -
PSY 308 Human Sexuality 3 (3)
PSY 309 Industrial & Organizational Psychology 3 -
PSY 320 Motivation and Learning - 3
Elective Courses
General Education Courses (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 6 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 9
Required Total Credits 33

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Third Year Curriculum

THIRD YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Advanced Level Courses
PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology 3 -
PSY 304 Psychological Assessment - 3
PSY 401 or Research Thesis I or - 3
PSY 411 Honours Research Project I -
Total Compulsory Credits 3 6
Elective Courses
Departmental Electives (Must choose at least 15 credits from the following courses) 
Practical Courses in Research
PSY 311-2 Research Internship I and II 3 3
Counselling and Psychology Courses
COUN 200 Theories and Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 -
COUN 210 Micro-Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
COUN 220 Cultural Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
COUN 310 Advanced Skills in Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 -
COUN 320 School Counselling - 3
COUN 330 Ethics: Professional Issues and Personal Awareness 3 -
COUN 340 Advanced Skills in Group Facilitation - 3
COUN 350 Child Counselling 3 -
COUN 360 Adolescent Counselling - 3
COUN 370 Counselling Students with Special Education Needs 3 -
COUN 380 Addiction Counselling - 3
COUN 410 Alternative Approaches to Counselling 3 3
COUN 420 Relationship Counselling 3 -
COUN 430 Gerontological Counselling (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
COUN 440 Family Therapy 3 -
COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling - 3
PSY 207 History and Systems of Psychology - 3
PSY 208 Psychoanalytic Concepts (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 209 Positive Psychology 3 (3)
PSY 215 Cyberpsychology 3 -
PSY 303 Health Psychology 3 -
PSY 306 Business Psychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 307 Educational Psychology 3 -
PSY 308 Human Sexuality 3 (3)
PSY 309 Industrial & Organizational Psychology 3 -
PSY 310 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 -
PSY 320 Motivation and Learning - 3
PSY 330 Advanced Social Psychology 3 -
PSY 340 Advanced Developmental Psychology - 3
PSY 350 Criminal Psychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 404 Psychology of Consciousness (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 405 Human Neuropsychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 406 Specific Issues in Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 410 Psychoanalytic Readings (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
General Education Courses and/or Non-Departmental Elective Courses (Level 2 to 4) (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 3 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 21
Required Total Credits 30

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Fourth Year Curriculum

FOURTH YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Research Practise
PSY 402-3 or Research Thesis II and III or 3 3
PSY 412 Honours Research Project II plus one 3-credit Seminar-based* courses either at the first or second term 3 + 3 (3)
Total Compulsory Credits 6
Elective Courses
Departmental and/or Non-Departmental Electives (18 credits) 
Students must choose at least 18 credits from the Level 3 and 4 Departmental Electives and/or Non-Departmental Electives offered by other departments.
Total Elective Credits 18
Required Total Credits 24

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:: General Education Courses ::
General Education Courses are divided into 4 areas, including (i) Chinese Culture in the 21st Century; (ii) Communication and Literacy; (iii) Global Citizenship; and (iv) Interdisciplinary Perspective. Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits of GE courses, 3 credits in each of the four areas specified above in the first three years of study. Please click here for details about the University GE requirements.

:: PSY411-2 Honours Research Project - An alternative course for PSY401-3 Research Thesis ::
Effective from the academic year 2013-2014, Year 3 students may choose PSY411-2 as an alternative course for Research Thesis. PSY411-2 Honours Research Project is an option designed for students who do not plan to pursue a research-based postgraduate, or research related career path. It requires students to integrate their knowledge of psychology through the research process. Honours Research Project are required to make up credits by selecting a 3-credit departmental elective from the following courses.

SEMINAR-BASED COURSES (Choose one of the below courses in the fourth year if students choosing Honours Research Project)
PSY310 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY330 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY340 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY404 Psychology of Consciousness
PSY405 Human Neuropsychology
PSY406 Specific Issues in Neuroscience
PSY410 Psychoanalytic Readings

These courses engage students in learning through discussion of specific topics in psychology, and provide an alternative opportunity for students to train their analytical and reasoning skills. Students are to take these electives in Year 4 so that their minimum credits in departmental advanced courses are equal to those taking Research Thesis. Students should also be aware that these electives are not offered every semester, therefore, they need to plan ahead in order to choose their preferred electives.

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:: Suggested Areas of Concentration :
The required courses in all four years of the proposed programme ensure that graduates obtain a thorough grounding in the core aspects of Psychology. The range of electives, however, does allow the students to develop a certain degree of expertise in their chosen areas of interest. On the basis of the core and elective courses offered, four possible areas of concentration are suggested below.

Business Psychology Concentration
For students who wish to apply their knowledge of Psychology in the business world, the suggested electives listed below should give them adequate preparation to become management trainees.

Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
BUS 360 Consumer Behaviour
COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling
PRA 330 Advertising Strategies & Design
PSY 306 Business Psychology
PSY 309 Industrial & Organisational Psychology

School Psychology Concentration
For those who are interested in pursuing the education aspects of Psychology, the following electives are recommended

Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
COUN 320 School Counselling
COUN 370 Counselling Students with Special Education Needs
COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling
PSY 307 Educational Psychology
PSY 320 Motivation and Learning

Health and General Counselling Concentration
Students who are interested in entering the health care or counselling sectors are advised to take the following electives.

Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
COUN 200 Theories and Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
COUN 210 Micro-Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
COUN 310 Advanced Skills in Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
COUN 330 Ethics: Professional Issues and Personal Awareness
PSY 209 Positive Psychology
PSY 303 Health Psychology

Research or Cognitive Science Concentration
For students interested in research or Cognitive Psychology, the following electives are available.

Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
PSY 310 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY 311-2 Research Internship I and II
PSY 404 Psychology of Consciousness
PSY 405 Human Neuropsychology
PSY 406 Specific Issues in Neuroscience


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