Programmes

Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
心理學社會科學學士 (榮譽) 學位課程


Major Core Courses (48 units)

Basic Learning Processes [APPY3005] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to the basic psychological approaches to the understanding of the learning processes. Students will learn how behaviours are acquired, shaped and controlled by biological and environmental factors. Emphasis will also be placed on applying the theories learned to everyday life situations.

Research Methods and Design in Psychology* [APPY3007] (3 units)
GECR1302 Understanding Statistical Data or equivalent
This course aims to help students in developing an understanding of the research methods used in psychology. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to explore multivariate techniques and to develop critical awareness of the problems in methodology in relation to psychometric methods, the usage and purposes of the different statistical procedures, and to be proficient in interpreting statistical data.

Biological Psychology [APPY3015] (3 units)
This course aims to provide students with an overview of the biological basis of behaviour. The following topics shall be explored: structure of the brain and the nervous system, psychoparmacology, wakefulness and sleep, reproductive behaviours, biology of learning, memory, language as well as mental disorders.

Personality Psychology* [APPY3017] (3 units)
This course provides an introduction to the major theoretical perspectives and research in the study of personality. In addition, this course seeks to examine the Chinese personality and its related research. This course aims to provide a solid foundation for advanced studies in psychology.

History and Systems of Psychology [APPY3025] (3 units)
The course aims to introduce students to the basic ideas and issues concerning the history and traditions of psychology. Emphasis will be given to the contemporary and major psychological systems.

Abnormal Psychology* [APPY3027] (3 units)
This course introduces students to an overview of abnormal behaviours in terms of the emotional, psychological, and cultural constellation of the person. It also aims to develop students’ understanding of the patterns, syndromes and classifications of various disorders, methods of psychological and pharmacological therapies, the analysis of the emotional, physical, medical, and legal implications of psychological disorders, and the formulation of health-coping and problem-solving strategies.

Experimental Psychology [APPY3035] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to the philosophy and methods of scientific research in psychology. The fundamental assumptions and principles of scientific observation as well as the different research designs will be explored. Students will learn the techniques and related issues in conducting psychological research.

Social Psychology* [APPY3037] (3 units)
This course is designed to introduce students to the understanding of human interactions, how one’s behaviour, feelings, and thoughts are influenced by others and in turn affect others. The course aims to heighten awareness of the relationship between the social environment and behaviour. Students will examine and analyse current personal and societal issues in the local as well as global contexts.

Lifespan Developmental Psychology [APPY3045] (3 units)
This course aims to foster students’ understanding of different aspects of human development from a lifespan perspective. It introduces the factors and processes in human development and psychological adjustment, critical concepts, theories and studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at different developmental stages.

Sensation and Perception [APPY3055] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to the major aspects of perceptual processes in vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. The course will examine the basic concepts of neuro-psychology which are related to perception and perceptual development.

Cognitive Psychology [APPY4005] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to cognitive psychology and its daily application. The course will examine the following topics: attention, perception, memory, knowledge representation and organization, language, problem-solving and decision making.

Honours Project I [APPY4008] (3 units)
APPY3007 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 report should be between 9,000 and 15,000 words. Data collected for each research project are course to inspection and review.

Honours Project II [APPY4009] (3 units)
APPY3007 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 report should be between 9,000 and 15,000 words. Data collected for each research project are course to inspection and review.

Psychological Testing and Assessment [APPY4015] (3 units)
GECR1302 Understanding Statistical Data or equivalent
This course aims to introduce students to the major aspects of psychological measurements. Types of assessment tools, specifically relating to personality, intelligence, and vocational interests will be examined. Related concepts in statistics such as reliability, validity, item analysis will also be explored.

Motivation and Emotion [APPY4025] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to the theories and research related to human motivation and emotion. By integrating a strong theoretical foundation with current research and practical application, this course will enhance students’ understanding of why people do what they do and why people feel how they feel.

Psychology of the Chinese People [APPY4035] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to 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 examined.

Major Elective Courses (18 units)

Consumer Psychology [APPY3105] (3 units)
This course aims 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 considered. A case-study approach will be adopted to facilitate students’ ability to apply relevant theories/research to the understanding of different marketing strategies.

Educational Psychology [APPY3115] (3 units)
GESS5301 Essentials of Psychology or equivalent
This course aims to introduce students to the current psychological theories and research in teaching and learning. This course will highlight the major developmental theories, research methods, classroom management, and instructional techniques. Through participation and completion of a learning project, students will gain hands-on field experience.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology [APPY3125] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce students to both the science and practice of I/O psychology. Emphasis will be given on the evaluation of theories and research in major topics of interest to I/O psychologists (e.g. personnel selection, performance appraisal, motivation and leadership) as well as on the application of theories and research to improve productivity and quality of work life.

Ethics and Writing in Psychology [APPY3135] (3 units)
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. Moreover, students will acknowledge some controversial issues pertaining to research with human participants and non-human animals. This course also aims to enhance students’ reading and writing skills, as well as their understanding of the writing conventions in psychology. Students will also engage in critiques of writings in psychology.

Qualitative Research Methods [APPY3145] (3 units)
APPY3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology or equivalent
This course aims to introduce students to the methods of conducting qualitative research in psychology. The topics to be examined 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 course will also introduce a content analysis strategy to assess written documents and the media.

Counselling Psychology [APPY4105] (3 units)
APPY3017 Personality Psychology or equivalent
This course aims to provide an overview of the counselling profession. Research in efficacy and assessment will be included based on the scientist-practitioner model. Students will be introduced to various professional settings to enable them to understand the mechanisms and strategies involved in counselling psychology.

Psychology in Applied Settings - Practicum I [APPY4108] (3 units)
This course aims 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.

Psychology in Applied Settings - Practicum II [APPY4109] (3 units)
This course aims 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.

Advanced Research Methods [APPY4115] (3 units)
APPY3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology or equivalent
This course aims to introduce to students the design and data analytical techniques required for multivariate data analysis. The focus of the course will be on multiple regression, structural equation modelling, factor analysis, and item response analysis. The course is both theoretical and applied in nature. Students will also learn to input and analyse data using the SPSS and AMOS. This course serves to provide a foundation for future research at the Masters and PhD level.

Clinical Psychology [APPY4125] (3 units)
GESS5301 Essentials of Psychology or equivalent
This course aims to introduce students to the field of clinical psychology. The typical work areas of clinical psychologists, including psychological assessment and therapy will be examined. A number of theoretical approaches to therapy and specialties in the field will also be considered.

Issues and Practice in Educational Settings [APPY4135] (3 units)
This course aims 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 stages and their key contexts such as family and school.