1 2015 Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Full-time Andrew Student Bachelor of Science (Psychology) University of Wollongong, Australia The programme is developed and awarded by University of Wollongong, Australia. CRICOS Number: 00102E
2 Learning from both peers and professionals has opened my mind to many possibilities in my future career. Student activities such as the Student Council, SIM GE Scholars Network, and the student leadership training provided by the Student Development office have greatly developed my organisational, communication and soft skills to give me a competitive edge when I enter the workforce. (2014) Mazlan Maskor Graduate Class of 2014 Bachelor of Science (Psychology) SIM GE Scholar CONTENTS Welcome Messages 01 University of Wollongong (UOW) 02 Singapore Institute of Management (SIM Group) 03 Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 04 Degree Map 05 Subject Description 06 Programme General Description 09 Entry and Admission 10 Application & Admission 12 VIBES Why Study at SIM Global Education 14 SIM Student Life 16
3 WELCOME MESSAGES Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Welcome to the University of Wollongong s (UOW) international programme. At UOW, we are proud to have created a place where you can be challenged to achieve your best, to master a field and take that knowledge to the world. Ranked in the top 50 modern universities in the world, our international programmes are a long-term investment that you will benefit from for the duration of your career. The strong partnership between the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and the University of Wollongong shows a commitment to the delivery of world-class degree programmes that are highly relevant to the industry sector. Through our teaching, research and business partnerships we re connected with hundreds of universities, businesses and government organisations. These connections positively shape our courses and provide you with a global perspective on your chosen industry. They also ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills the industry is looking for. A UOW education is your opportunity to turn effort into results and to connect with great minds. With the support of some of the world s best academics, our students graduate and go on to successful careers in over 140 nations around the globe. On completion of your studies you will receive a University of Wollongong degree: an internationally recognised and respected symbol of a world-class graduate. In fact, for the past eight years employers have ranked UOW in the top 100 universities in the world for the quality of its graduates. I wish you every success throughout the course of your studies and beyond. Professor Joe F Chicharo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy), University of Wollongong Message from the CEO Welcome to SIM Global Education (SIM GE) the premier institute of higher learning that offers you a uniquely enriching educational experience that prepares you for an exciting future anywhere around the globe. SIM GE is the largest and leading private educational institution in Singapore, reputed for its high standards and vibrant student experience. It is part of the SIM Group which was set up in 1964 on the initiation of the Singapore Economic Development Board and has over 50 years of strong track record in developing manpower to support Singapore s economic growth. As a gateway to the world, SIM GE offers a wide range of high quality transnational academic programmes from universities and institutions from the US, UK, Australia and Switzerland. Through our strategic partnerships with these institutions to offer their programmes in Singapore right in the hub of happening Asia you can benefit from a world-class global education without the costs and challenges of studying too far away from home. At SIM GE, we are committed to delivering a holistic education that empowers individuals to be a positive force in their fields and hopefully, also in the community they live in. The rigour of our programmes builds the intellect and skills needed to thrive in a complex and fast-changing world. Through the interaction with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures in a vibrant environment, and through participating in a vast range of sporting and artistic activities, our students also learn beyond the classroom, nurturing an embracing heart and a resilient spirit. At SIM GE, we want to inspire in you the passion to learn and excel, and to challenge you to not just realise your full potential but to reach for bigger goals. I invite you to come and be part of our fraternity of over 110,000 graduates and alumni and 23,000 students, and discover how, like them, you can fulfil your aspirations by embarking on an exciting educational journey with us. Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM Global Education 1
4 UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG (UOW) PERSONALISED EXPERIENCES : WORLD-CLASS RESULTS The University of Wollongong is a modern, international institution that is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world, with a 5 star rating for getting you a full-time job. These achievements underpin our standing as a world leader in education. Our personalised approach encourages bright minds to collaborate through learning and research to deliver world-class results that have impacts across the globe. Over 30,000 students are studying UOW degrees across nine campuses throughout Australia and Dubai, with education partnerships in Malaysia and here in Singapore. All over the world, now and into the future, UOW is producing tomorrow s leaders. OUR STRENGTH IN PSYCHOLOGY When you study psychology at UOW, you are learning the most current knowledge directly from the people creating it. Your lecturers are researchers who are keen to instil their passion for psychology into each and every student, right from day one. OUR ACHIEVEMENTS Top 2% of universities in the world 283rd in the world QS World University Rankings 2014/ nd in the world Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/ th in the world Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) th in the world U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking th in the world for research quality 2014 Leiden Ranking Globally ranked as one of Australia s best modern universities 26th in the world QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings rd in the world Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Rankings 2014 Globally rated a five-star university 5 Star rating QS World University Rankings Star rating in the 2015 Good Universities Guide for Student Retention and Getting a Full-Time Job Top 100 in the world for global graduates QS World University Rankings Graduate Employers Survey 2014/2015-8th year in a row CRICOS Number: 00102E 2
5 SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (SIM GROUP) Our Vision To be the Centre of Leadership and Management Excellence, and the Embodiment of Lifelong Learning. Our Mission Spearhead management thought leadership Be the preferred strategic partner of corporations in maximising return on human capital Be the choice provider of continuing education to individuals Transform SIM into a regional brand Our Purpose To open doors in life through education opportunities To support SIM Group s social mission Our Core Values Trust and Respect for the Individual Teamwork Open and Timely Communication Performance Excellence Spirit of Innovative Adventure Our Culture An open culture where staff trust and respect each other; embrace change and seek ways to innovate; learn and work together as a team. Our Commitment To our Members We care for our members, recognise their importance, and strive to raise the prestige of their membership. To our Customers We value our customers and commit ourselves to actively improve our services and products. To our Employees We care for our people by creating a conducive work environment, helping them to balance family and work commitments, recognising their contributions, and developing them to their full potential. To our Community We honour our social obligations and pledge to be a good corporate citizen by always acting professionally and ethically in all matters. Our Quality Policy Quality and excellence have always been the driving force behind SIM. The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM Group) is the leading provider of higher education and professional training in Singapore, reputed for its dedication to lifelong learning and high standards and quality. Founded in 1964 under the initiation of Economic Development Board to support Singapore s economic development, we are today a diverse and vibrant organisation with a wide range of programmes and services. We are also a membership-based organisation with more than 50,000 individual and corporate members. Our extensive range of membership programmes, activities and resources provide an important nexus for students and members to network and learn. The SIM Group offers its core services through three educational brands: SIM University SIM University is Singapore s only private university and its mission is to create excellence in lifelong education through a uniquely-designed learning experience that equips learners for a better future. Home to more than 13,000 students, SIM University adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach and offers more than 50 academic programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SIM University s undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee and study loans. SIM University is a not-for-profit university and the SIM University Education Fund has been a Singapore Institution of a Public Character (IPC) since September SIM Global Education Students can choose from a wide range of high-quality overseas degree programmes made available through SIM s partnership with established international universities and institutions from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Switzerland. Most of the students are full-time students, but SIM Global Education also offers part-time programmes that cater to working adults. Offering over 70 academic programmes, its enrolment stands at 23,000, with about 3,000 foreign students. SIM Professional Development Over 11,000 professionals benefit annually from the vast selection of short executive training programmes offered by SIM Professional Development. Its customised in-company training programmes help companies optimise effectiveness in various fields of management and human resource development. 3
6 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PSYCHOLOGY) Psychologists help us to understand who we are and how we think, feel and act. They aim to help people function better, to prevent ill-health and other problems developing. Their clients include children, adults, couples, families and organisations. The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) provides comprehensive training in the scientific study of human behaviour and experience, the physiological, sensory and cognitive processes that underlie it, and how the profession applies this knowledge to practical problems. Students are introduced to the whole field, from personality to social influences on behaviour; from biological bases of behaviour to cognitive processes and from psychopathology to perceptual processes. The 3-year programme is offered on a full-time basis and it is conducted entirely in Singapore with UOW academics teaching in the final year. Psychology staff at the University of Wollongong are actively engaged in research regularly and publish work in leading global psychology journals. They are therefore well-equipped to illustrate basic concepts with their own unique research experiences, thereby maximising the student s learning experience. Graduates in Psychology from the University of Wollongong have performed successfully in postgraduate programmes, and many of our postgraduate students have gone on to complete postdoctoral work overseas. Our students are employed in a range of settings including professional practice, academia, school teaching, school counselling, marketing, the public service, and research positions in a wide range of organisations as well as other Research Institutes, both nationally and internationally. Why Study Bachelor of Science (Psychology)? Studying psychology at UOW will help you understand who we are and how we think, feel and act. You will examine why we behave the way we do, why we have particular experiences, how we can engage in those behaviours, and the processes behind those experiences. You will learn about human behaviour from lecturers who are active in the both research and professional practice. Professional psychologists aim to help people function better, and to prevent ill- health and other problems developing. A Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from UOW will set you on the path to a personally fulfilling career in this field. UOW Library What will you learn? The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) provides comprehensive training in the scientific study of human behaviour and experience, the physiological, sensory and cognitive processes that underlie it, and how the profession applies this knowledge to practical problems. You will be introduced to the whole field, from personality to social influences on behaviour; from biological bases of behaviour to cognitive processes and from psychopathology to perceptual processes. The 3-year programme is offered on a full-time basis and it is conducted entirely in Singapore with UOW academics teaching in the final year. Psychology staff at the University of Wollongong are actively engaged in research and publish work in leading global psychology journals. They use their unique research experience to explain concepts and expand your understanding As a Graduate from the School of Psychology you will have: An understanding of human behaviour and psychological processes Critical thinking and problem solving skills Research and information finding skills The ability to look at problems from a variety of perspectives Process interpersonal and environmental awareness and sound professional ethics Science is ever changing, as is the practice of psychology. Our lectures are actively engaged in the psychology field and are well equipped to provide you with best start to a rewarding career. Associate Professor Stuart Johnstone Academic Programme Director, Psychology 4
7 DEGREE MAP The full-time programme takes a minimum of 3 years to complete with entry from year 1. Students receiving credit exemption may complete the programme in less than three years. Core Subjects in Year 1 Core Subjects in Year 2 PSYC 121 : Foundations in Psychology A PSYC 122 : Foundations in Psychology B PSYC 116 : Psychology of Physical Activity and Health PSYC 123 : Theory, Design and Statistics in Psychology PSYC 231 : Personality PSYC 250 : Quantitative Methods in Psychology PSYC 241 : Developmental and Social Psychology PSYC 236 : Cognition and Perception PSYC 251 : Psychology of Abnormality PSYC 234 : Biological Psychology and Learning Elective Subjects* in Year 1 and Year 2 STS 112 : The Scientific Revolution PHIL 107 : Values, Mind and Self NMIH 108 : Introduction to Health Behaviour Change EDEC 302 : The Psychology of Execptional Children BCM 110 : Introduction to Communication and Media Studies ELL 182 : Effective Written Communication Core Subjects in Year 3 PSYC 345 : Advanced Topics in Cognition PSYC 354 : Design and Analysis PSYC 348 : History and Metatheory of Psychology PSYC 347 : Assessment and Intervention PSYC 350 : Social Behaviour and Individual Differences PSYC 356 : Applied Psychology * The elective subjects to be offered will depend on the schedule of subjects offered at UOW. Notes 1. Some subjects have prerequisite requirements; students must successfully complete these requirements before being allowed to enrol in the subject. Please refer to Subject Description for prerequisite to each subject. 2. The subjects offered may be updated to be aligned with onshore delivery. Please refer to our website for updated information. Graduate Outcomes Graduates in Psychology from the University of Wollongong have performed successfully in postgraduate programmes, and many of our postgraduate students have gone on to complete postdoctoral work overseas. Our students are employed in a range of settings including professional practice, academia, school teaching, school counselling, marketing, the public service, and research positions in a wide range of organisations as well as other research institutes, both nationally and internationally. Career Opportunities Bachelor of Science (Psychology) graduates can forge successful careers: Personnel Services Human Resources Organisational Psychology Market Research with government agencies or private organisations More generally, you will be well equipped for jobs that require good communication, analytical and research/ statistical skills. Accreditation & Professional Recognition The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). As such, you will be eligible to apply for student membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates of the programme are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the APS, Future Study Options Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to an APAC approved 4th year course of study at any Australian university. To practise as a psychologist in Australia, you must first undertake four years of study in psychology. Thus graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) programme at SIM must complete an add-on 4th year (Honours year or a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology). To gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, those with 4 years of academic training in psychology will be required to undertake further approved post-4th year professional training in psychology. 5
8 SUBJECT DESCRIPTION YEAR 1 CORE PSYC 121 Foundations in Psychology A This subject is a prerequisite for enrolment in second year psychology subjects. With PSYC 122 and PSYC 123, it comprises an introduction to the science, theories and practical skills in psychology. The content will focus on the way the individual s biological and psychological systems function. In particular, the subject will examine the historical context of psychology, biological bases of human behaviour, lifespan development, motivation and emotion, personality theory and assessment, individual differences and states of consciousness. PSYC 122 Foundations in Psychology B This subject is a prerequisite for enrolment in second year psychology subjects. The subject examines the way in which individuals perceive and learn about their world, the ways in which group membership influences behaviour, the nature of psychological dysfunction, and the role of psychology in influencing health. Topics covered include learning, perception, intelligence, memory, cognition, psychology of abnormality, social psychology, and human relations. PSYC 123 Theory, Design and Statistics in Psychology This subject is a prerequisite for enrolment in second year psychology subjects. With PSYC 121 & PSYC 122, it comprises an introduction to theories, and practical skills in psychology such as research design and statistical analysis. PSYC123 introduces students to statistics and methodology in the science of psychology. The content will focus on the use of a range of elementary statistical procedures, descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis, normal probability and sampling distributions, and the use and interpretation of statistical tests, the correlation coefficient and chi-square. The use of computers in statistical calculations will be introduced. The method component considers the context of scientific research, theories and hypotheses, varieties of research design, experimental comparisons, correlation and causation, reliability and validity, and ethical issues. PSYC 116 Psychology of Physical Activity and Health PSYC 116 examines evidence on the health benefits of physical activity; how physical activity habits may be measured; how physical activity is distributed in populations; its major determinants; how psychological theories or models can guide interventions to promote physical activity; the evidence base on which interventions can be developed; and evidence on the outcomes of trials of interventions, including community, massmedia and public health policy initiatives. YEAR 2 CORE PSYC 231 Personality This subject will provide students with an understanding of the past and current theories in personality development, theories and change. For the personality theories relevant current research will be highlighted. Related areas of individual differences will be covered including measurement issues in personality, personality culture, situation, stability and change will be covered. Additionally the major issues in intelligence and its measurement will be outlined. 6 PSYC 250 Quantitative Methods In Psychology This subject will give you a solid basic knowledge in data analysis techniques for simple experimental designs and correlational studies. These techniques will be developed around an understanding of experimental and quasiexperimental methods. Considerable attention is given to explaining the conceptual rationale underlying each analysis covered in the subject, and its application to research in the behavioural sciences. The content of the practical classes entails extensive use of SPSS, a statistical package. PSYC 241 Developmental and Social Psychology This subject discusses core issues in child, adolescent and adult development with an emphasis on behaviour in the perceptual, cognitive, and social environment. Half of the subject will provide a developmental framework from the neonatal stage through adulthood. Key theories and empirical aspects in perceptual, cognitive and emotional development will be covered. Ethical issues concerning research involving children will also be addressed. The second half emphasises the contributions of social psychology to understanding individual behaviour in societal context including the workplace. The development of the social self, attitudes, prejudice and the importance of social cognition will be covered. The implications of issues arising from these core topics to indigenous psychology will also be considered. PSYC 236 Cognition and Perception This subject provides an overview of two broad content areas in experimental psychology. Perception is the study of how information is acquired from the environment through sensory organs. Cognition is concerned with the storage, manipulation and retrieval of such information. Lectures draw upon findings from both behavioural and neuropsychological studies. Topics covered include visual perception, attention, memory and language. Students learn how to conduct, analyse and interpret experimental research. PSYC 251 Psychology of Abnormality This subject takes a developmental approach to mental health issues. It seeks to examine some of the common factors leading to these issues in both childhood and adulthood. An introductory exploration of the most prevalent issues is undertaken, using a variety of therapeutic models. PSYC 234 Biological Psychology and Learning This subject will begin to examine the biological mechanisms underlying behaviour and changes in behaviour brought about by experience, as well as examining the psychophysiological and behavioural measures frequently employed to study these processes. Topics will include genetics, the nervous and endocrine systems, arousal, attention, learning, memory, language, Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, habituation and orienting reactions. The practical component will include an introduction to the techniques and experimental methods used in study of learning and psychophysiology, including the recording of the electrocardiograph, skin conductance, and electroencephalograph.
9 YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2 ELECTIVES STS 112 The Scientific Revolution This subject introduces students to fundamental issues and debates about the birth of modern science through a historical analysis of the Scientific Revolution of c Focusing on the contributions made by key figures such as Copernicus, Galileo, Bacon, Descartes and Newton, the course will examine the process by which the comtemplative Aristotelian view of nature was replaced by a new approach which emphasized experiment, replication, quantification and mechanical forms of explanation. The way these new ideas were shaped by broader cultural, political and economic factors such as religious beliefs, humanism, warfare, exploration and colonization will also be considered. PHIL 107 Values, Mind and Self This subject introduces fundamental philosophical problems in ethical theory, personal identity, the nature of the self and epistemology. The first half of the subject examines the nature of ethics, beginning with the question of whether there are objective ethical facts or whether ethical beliefs are subjective or culturally relative. Study utilitarian and rights-based approaches to ethics and look at how these theories are applied to real moral dilemmas. The second art of the subject is concerned with the nature of personal identity. What is the self? Are we one and the same person throughout our lives? The final section looks at theories of knowledge. What is knowledge? Can we be certain of our beliefs? Do we need to be? NMIH 108 Introduction to Health Behaviour Change An understanding of human behaviour is imperative in health care. This subject provides an introductory overview of areas of psychological investigation, introducing students to the study of individuals and human experience. Topics covered include learning, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality and lifespan development. The aim of this subject is to introduce the major areas of study in the science of psychology. To introduce students to the theories and strategies of health behaviour change at the levels of the individual, the group, the community, and the population; and review the ethical and practical issues inherent in endeavouring to persuade people to change their healthrelated behaviours. EDEC 302 The Psychology of Exceptional Children This subject will examine the psychological ad educational development of children with exceptionalities. Students will be introduced to developmental theories, different categories of exceptionality, methods of studying children and different methods of identifying exceptional children. It emphasis will be on the way that these exceptionalities impact on identification, learning and behaviour and the families of the students. BCM 110 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies This foundation subject introduces students to ways of understanding media and communication practices, institutions and technologies. The subject takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how producers and consumers interact in a media saturated world. The subject will begin with the ways in which the media has been discussed in theory and in practice and go on to examine how our communication practices and adoption and use of different technologies are integrated with our professional, social and political lives. ELL 182 Effective Written Communication ELL182 provides an introduction to academic and professional communication for students of any discipline who have completed their previous studies in English. The subject aims to enhance students control of a range of skills that are essential for success in academic and professional life, but it also encourages students to take a critical and informed attitude to language use. A range of text types common in academic and professional work contexts are discussed analysed and practiced. The subject covers English grammar for writing clearly and coherently and the concepts of style and register in academic writing. The subject focuses on written communication but readings and assessment assume the inter-dependence of all four skills- reading, writing, speaking and listening. The SIM-UOW school culture is vibrant and active. Everyone learns from each other s questions and from the different points of view. While pursuing my interest in my area of study, psychology, I also joined SIM s contemporary and jazz dance group called DanceArt and was given the opportunity to compete in The Royal Dance Off Chapter 3. (2014) Jillian Teo Student Bachelor of Science (Psychology) SIM GE Scholar 7
10 YEAR 3 CORE PSYC 356 Applied Psychology This subject aims to introduce students to the application of psychology. It demonstrates how psychological principles can be applied in diverse settings. We will cover topics in health psychology, organizational and occupational psychology, and forensic psychology. In each topic area, students will be shown how research, theory and practice are inter-related. Cases studies in each area will be highlighted. PSYC 345 Advanced Topics in Cognition This subject offers more advanced training in experimental psychology, and particularly the method and theories of cognitive psychology. It is one of the subjects that provides a solid grounding in empirical psychology, and will extend students knowledge of cognitive psychology from the framework acquired in PSYC236. It provides a detailed examination of a number of areas which may include short-term-memory, the psychology of reading, face recognition and reasoning. The practical programme involves extensive experience of experimentation in cognitive psychology where students will act both as participants and researchers. Some of these experiments will be written up as lab reports or short assignments. PSYC 347 Assessment and Intervention PSYC 347 provides students with an overview of widely used psychological assessment procedures (including personality and intelligence assessments). Intervention programmes and their efficacy will also be discussed, as well as ethical and legislative requirements and consumer and carer participation. Areas of focus will include both clinical and non clinical settings. The subject will also deal with the counselling process by introducing students to interviewing skills used in counselling. Seminar and Workshop sessions will provide students with an opportunity to observe counselling micro-skills and participate in group discussions and seminars. PSYC 350 Social Behaviour and Individual Differences This subject allows students to study selected topics in social behaviour and in more detail. The emphasis is on the extent to which one can explain social behaviours (eg. prejudice, crime, close relationships, particular adolescent behaviours) on the basis of individual differences and personality traits. An integral part of the subject will include the formulation of a research proposal by each student. PSYC 348 History and Metatheory of Psychology This subject introduces (1) the origins and development of major approaches in modern psychology, and (2) important conceptual issues in psychology. It discusses the concepts needed to evaluate the theories, methods, accounts and practices that we encounter in psychology, and applies these concepts to various psychological problems. Topics include materialist and causal views of psychology, behaviourist analyses of mental processes, psychoanalytic explanation, rationalist and phenomenological accounts of mind and ethical and ideological considerations in psychology. PSYC 354 Design and Analysis PSYC 354 develops skills in design and analysis of research investigations involving statistics. It is a pre-requisite into Psychology Honours. Statistical computing is an essential part of the course. Topics covered: statistical techniques in psychological research, experimental and observational research designs, analysis of survey data; analysis of variance and covariance; regression; factor analysis; multivariate analysis; logistics regression. The word to describe my experience would be phenomenal. I have been exposed to various studies of psychology and SIM-UOW ensures that we are well-versed in our field by bringing our own experiences and observations to enhance our learning. (2014) Andrew Student Bachelor of Science (Psychology) SIM GE Scholar 8
11 PROGRAMME GENERAL INFORMATION Mode of Delivery The programme is intensive and challenging, but rewarding and achievable. Students are expected to put in considerable time and effort throughout the programme, both in scheduled classes and independent study. The scheduled classes include a blended mode of delivery that include both face-to-face and web-based lectures, tutorials for the final year of study. All lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes are in three-hour blocks such as: 8.30am 11.30am 12pm 3pm 3.30pm 6.30pm Students typically enrol in 24 credit points in one semester. This is equivalent to 4 (6 credit points) subjects or 3 (8 credit points) subjects. Venue Classes will be held in SIM Headquarters, 461 Clementi Road. Assessment/Examination All teaching and assessment materials are approved by academic staff at UOW and are consistent with the materials used in other locations where the same degrees are delivered. This material is developed and delivered in a manner in accordance with the relevant accreditation bodies in Australia and Singapore. Assessment methods vary from subject to subject and may include: Assignments Class tests Examinations Laboratory exercises Practical laboratory tests Presentations Projects Tutorial exercises Some assignments and presentations will be group-based. The examinations are held from late April to mid-may for the semester commencing from January, and in late October to mid-november for the semester commencing in July/August. The sessions are scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, in the morning and afternoon. Minimum Requirements and Course Progression All assessment may have a minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the subject. Students are expected to pass all subjects within the current year of study before being allowed to proceed to the next year of study. Attendance Requirements There is an 80% attendance requirement across lectures and tutorials. Students who are absent from two or more lectures and tutorials may not be allowed to complete the subject. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) requires all international students issued with valid Student s Pass to achieve attendance of 90% and above in any month of the course. Candidature Period A candidate for an undergraduate course may be registered for a maximum period of three times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules. Completion/Graduation Students are required to complete 146 credit points. Upon completion, students are eligible to attend the UOW graduation ceremony held in Singapore once a year. UOW graduates of the Singapore-based programmes can also attend graduation ceremonies at the Wollongong campus, held twice a year. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) by the University of Wollongong. Further Study Opportunities (offered by UOW in Australia) Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) are eligible to apply for either Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (Honours). Both of these programmes are an accredited 4th year which is needed to apply for PhD or Masters, and for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia while graduates undertake supervised practice. Visit uow.edu.au/future for more information. Minimum Class Size The minimum number of students for class to commence is 24. In the event that the above minimum number is not met, the class will not commence. The students will be informed one month prior to class commencement. Students progress will be monitored throughout the degree programme. Academic support is available to assist students, particularly those not meeting the minimum achievement requirements. The normal load for students is 24 credit points per semester. 9
12 ENTRY AND ADMISSION Intake 3-Year Degree Programme January & July. Admission Criteria Selection is done in accordance with UOW approved merit-based criteria. Applicants may be admitted to different credit exemptions based on their academic results. The admission criteria cited below should be used only as a general guideline. Certified true copies of official academic records are required. An official grade description should be provided. If documents are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All documents, notarised and English translated, submitted to SIM will NOT be returned. Note: Accepted applicants must also have access to the Internet, an account and personal printing facilities. Online materials will not be reproduced in hardcopy for students. Standard Entry 3 Years Advanced Standing 2 Years 1.5 Years 1 Year * Minimum Aggregate scores in the qualifications mentioned are required for entry and will be assessed by UOW. In addition, a student s performance in the compulsory subjects may be considered depending on its specific relevance to the discipline. ** Programme duration will be extended for applicants who are required to undertake additional subject(s). 1. This list is not exhaustive and UOW reserves the right to change/amend the admission criteria. 2. All qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 3. Due to variations in diploma programmes within a polytechnic, the same qualifications may receive different credit exemption. Such variations include changes in the curriculum, changes in the delivery, the age of qualifications and electives taken within the programme GCE A level / 3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 10 points where A= 5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1(for H1 apply half the value)* A 3-year non-psychology diploma from local polytechnic may be able to obtain up to 4 subject exemptions with approval from the university International Qualifications International Baccalaureate : Minimum score 28 and exemption of IELTS/TOEFL if English A1 or A2 (at HL (IB) Diploma or SL) is a pass (min grad 4) China : Senior High 3 : Average of 75% in best 4 academic subjects, excluding Politics & Physical Education India : All India ISC/HSC/SSSC/IEC (Year 12): minimum average of 65% in 3 academic subjects (not including English) from Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), or Individual State Boards. Indonesia : SMA 3 minimum average grade of 7.5 in best 5 subjects, excluding Sports & Health, Civics, and Religious Education Hong Kong : Hong Kong A Level (HKALE) with a minimum aggregate of 6 in 2 subjects: Grading: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (Advanced supplementary subjects will be counted as half value of a subject taken at A level for aggregate score). Use of English: C grade or English Level 4 HKDSE - Aggregate score of 13 from 5 best academic subjects (minimum 3 core subjects of Chinese, English, Math or Liberal Studies and any electives from Category A or C subjects). Use of English: English Level 3 Japan : Upper Secondary Leaving School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) passed at GPA 3.8 Malaysia : STPM aggregate of 6 in 3 best subjects: A and A- = 5, B+=4, B=3, B and C+=2, C=1 UEC aggregate of 18 in 5 subjects : A1/A2=5, B3/B4=4, B5/B6=3, C7/C8=2 South Korea : Senior High Year 3 with a minimum average of 75% (in 4 academic subjects) Sri Lanka : Aggregate of 8 in 3 A-Level subjects (excluding General English) where A=5, B=4, C=3, S=2, F=0 Taiwan : Senior High 3: Average of 75% in best 4 academic subjects, excluding Politics and Physical Education. Thailand : High School Certificate (Mathayom 6/M6) (Year 12) with minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4. Vietnam : Upper Secondary Year 3 (Diploma of Upper Secondary): Minimum GPA of 7.75 (best of 5 academic subjects). Excluding- Art; Civic Education; Gymnastics; Military Education (or Defence National Education); and Sports (or Physical Education). In addition to the above qualification, international students must meet the University s English requirement of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or its equivalent. Admission for international students is also subject to the approval of the student s pass by the Singapore government. Temasek Polytechnic Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore Polytechnic Singapore Polytechnic Ngee Ann Polytechnic : Diploma in Psychology : Diploma in Psychology (previously known as Diploma in Psychology & Community Services)** : Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology : Diploma in HRM with Psychology : Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education** To obtain the maximum credit exemption, applicants must have a GPA score of 2.4 or more (out of 4.0). Applicants who have a GPA below 2.4 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
13 Programme Duration Level Duration Commencement Date Standard Entry 3 years July 2015 January Years Advanced Standing 1.5 Years Advanced Standing 1 Year Advanced Standing 1 year July 2015 January years July 2015 January years July 2015 January 2016 End Date** June 2018 December 2018 June 2016 December 2016 December 2016 June 2017 June 2017 December 2017 ** End date is achievable provided students follow the programme structure and successfully pass all subjects. It depends on which year of study students are offered, completion date will be as per the period of study offered calculated from the commencement date. Programme Fee Level Fee Per Subject (inclusive of 7% GST) Total No. of Subjects Total Fee (inclusive of 7% GST) Year 1 S$1, S$12, Year 2 S$1, S$12, Year 3 S$2, S$14, Total Course Fee S$38, Students will be invoiced before the start of a new semester. Fees are exclusive of textbook & repeat fees. The programme fees quoted are for July 2015 and January 2016 intakes only. For subsequent intakes, please refer to website nearer the application period for updated information. Study Loans Students may obtain study loans from these banks and institutions under a course financing scheme (subject to approval). All loan enquiries and applications are to be dealt with the banks and institutions directly. For more information, please call: Maybank Tel: Website: POSB Tel: Website: RHB Bank Berhad Tel: Website: Interest-Free Instalment Plans When you charge above S$500 to your Citibank or OCBC Visa/ MasterCard, you can enjoy interest-free instalments of six or 12 months. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please call: Citibank Tel: Website: OCBC Tel: Website: SIM GE Scholarship New or existing students enrolling for Bachelor s degree programmes under SIM GE may apply for the SIM Global Education Scholarship. Awards are granted to students with exemplary academic results or achievements in sports and arts. The scholarships are tenable for the minimum period required to complete the full/remaining course of study, as stipulated by the programme. The award covers tuition fees, examination fees, a fixed book allowance and other compulsory fees. The scholarship does not cover repeat fees and there is no bond attached to the scholarship. Learning outside the classroom brought me away from the textbooks and created opportunities to develop my soft skills, which I deemed equally important for me to excel in my future career. Not only did it encourage experiential learning, it also enabled me to integrate different learning methods, which in turn enhanced my basic theoretical knowledge. It gave me a chance to reflect how different theoretical concepts can be applied in a real-world context. (2014) Melody Tan Graduate, Class of 2014 Bachelor of Science (Psychology) SIM GE Scholar 11
14 APPLICATION & ADMISSION How to Apply Application Apply online at by the closing date indicated. For an international applicant applying to a full-time programme, you must submit an online Student s Pass application form. Your Student s Pass application is subjected to the approval of the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. Supporting Documents 1. By the application closing date, you must have attained the minimum qualification required for the programme. 2. Upload the scanned copies of the required supporting documents into your e-application within 7 days of submitting your e-application, or by closing date, whichever is earlier. Please do not upload photographed copies of your documents. 3. Bring along the ORIGINAL documents for verification at SIM s Student Recruitment Centre, Block A, Level 2, within 7 days of submitting your e-application, or by closing date, whichever is earlier. Before you commence the e-application, please ensure that you have the scanned copies of the following documents on hand for uploading and entry in the e-application form: a) A photograph: i) taken within the last 3 months; ii) showing the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features); iii) between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown and 35mm wide by 45mm high without border; and iv) in a dimension of 400 by 514 pixels. v) Your photograph image file attachment should: 1. be in JPEG format; 2. file size should be around 60 Kbytes; and 3. preferred dimension of the photo image is 400 by 514 pixels. You may use our online image editing tool to meet the above file size and dimension specifications. b) Your identification documents, i.e. NRIC or FIN/Passport (for international applicants). c) All your educational certificates and transcripts (including your O and A level certificates, etc). Translated and notarised copies of the documents are required if they are not in English Language. Please save and scan the various pages of a similar document type in one file. For example, if your Diploma transcript has 3 pages, scan all 3 pages into one file for uploading. All copies of document should be reduced to A4 size. Applications with incomplete, inaccurate information and not accompanied by supporting documents will NOT be processed and considered. Application Fees and Payment An application fee is payable for each application form that is submitted. This fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed. Application Fee (For July 2015 intakes onwards) Local applicants S$96.30 International applicants S$321.00* * This does not include all fees related to Student s Pass application. Please ensure that you have a valid MasterCard/Visa Credit Card or enets for e-payment of application fees. Other modes of payment are not accepted for e-application. 12 Application Outcome All applicants will be informed of their application outcome via an notification at least one month before course commencement. Verbal offers of admission will not be made nor accepted. The Admissions Committee selects students for admission into the programme based on individual merits. Possession of one or more of the qualifications listed does not guarantee automatic entry to the programme. SIM and our university partners reserve the right to withdraw an offer of admission and cancel the enrolment of any person where such an offer was made on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information supplied by the applicant or a certifying authority. Acceptance of Offer Online To confirm the acceptance of offer, successful applicants will have to adhere to the following before the stipulated deadline: 1) Accept the offer and PEI-student contract online. 2) Submit and verify all other required documents at SIM (where applicable). Course Fee Payment For first payment of course fees only, you may make payment at the payment counters in SIM Headquarters or via E-payment. Payment Counters in SIM HQ The modes of payment available are cash, cheque, Nets, cash card, Visa/MasterCard and/or Cashier/Money/Postal order. We accept up to 4 different modes of payment combination. All payments are to be made in Singapore dollars. Cheques must be crossed and made payable to Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd. It should not be postdated. For Nets payment, the daily limit is S$2,000 or S$3,000, depending on the bank and your personal limit. For credit card payment, the limit is subjected to your available balance at the point of payment. We accept Visa and MasterCard only. Please retain your official receipt. An administrative fee of $5.35 (inclusive of 7% GST) will apply for each reprint request. Private Education Act Under the new Private Education Act, legislated in December 2009, a Council for Private Education (CPE) was set up to regulate the private education industry in Singapore. All Private Education Institutions (PEIs) are required to comply with the regulations under the Act in order to continue operations. Following are the requirements which Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd (SIM PL) has put in place: PEI-Student Contract CPE, in aiming to enhance the confidence of students and their parents in the quality of education in Singapore, has stipulated that all PEIs must sign a PEI-Student Contract with students. The contract sets out the terms and conditions governing the relationship between the student and PEI. SIM PL will honour all terms and conditions in the contract and in all communication materials. Students may request for a copy of the PEI-Student Contract from SIM PL or view it on the CPE website (www.cpe.gov.sg).
15 Cooling-Off Period There will be a cooling-off period of 7 working days after signing the PEI-Student Contract. Students have the right to cancel the contract within the 7 working days and be refunded the highest percentage of the fees already paid if the students submit written notice of withdrawal to SIM PL within the cooling off period (refer to Clause 2.3 of PEI-Student Contract). After the cooling-off period, SIM PL s refund policy will apply. Fee Protection Scheme SIM PL adopts a compulsory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of both local and international students. The FPS serves to protect the student s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the FPS protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts. SIM PL has appointed Lonpac Insurance Bhd as the FPS insurance provider. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students fees are insured by Lonpac Insurance Bhd. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from Lonpac Insurance Bhd. More details of the FPS can also be found in the FPS Instruction Manual, available at Medical Insurance SIM PL has in place a group medical insurance scheme for all its students. This medical insurance scheme will have a minimum coverage as follows: an annual coverage limit of S$20,000 per student, covers up to B2 ward in government and restructured hospitals and provides for 24 hours coverage in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in SIM PL-related activities) throughout the course duration. For more information on medical insurance, visit Refund Policy Withdrawal due to non-delivery of course SIM PL shall refund the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid by the Student if: 1. It does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date; 2. It terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date; 3. It does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date; 4. It terminates the Course before the Course Completion Date; 5. It has not ensured that the student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as stated in Schedule A of the PEI- Student Contract within any stipulated timeline set by CPE; or 6. The Student s Pass application (exclude renewal of student s pass) is rejected by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA). Withdrawals due to other reasons In the event that the students withdraw due to any reasons other than those stated above, refund to students will be an amount based on the table below. Percentage of aggregate amount of the course fees and where applicable, the miscellaneous fees paid If student s fully completed request for withdrawal is received: 95% Refund More than 14 days before the course commencement date 75% Refund Within 14 days before the course commencement date OR within 7 days after the course commencement date 0% Refund More than 7 days after the course commencement date NOTES 1. Application fee for courses is non-refundable and nontransferable. 2. Requests for refunds arising from withdrawal and change of programme must be accompanied with an original fully completed hardcopy Student Request Form (downloadable from the SIM GE website) and supported with relevant documentary proof, where applicable. 3. Refunds (if any) will be processed within 7 working days upon: Where transfer/withdrawal is initiated by student a. Full submission of transfer/withdrawal request via the self-service function in SIMConnect or upon receipt of the original fully completed hardcopy Student Request Form with relevant supporting documentary proof; and b. The approval of requests by SIM PL or Partner University. Requests that are received after noon would be considered as submission on the next working day. Where withdrawal is initiated by SIM PL or due to visa permit rejection c. The date of notification from SIM PL to students. Transfer/Withdrawal Policy Students are to put up their request for change of programme (transfer)/withdrawal via the appropriate forms/platforms. SIM PL will acknowledge the students requests in 3 working days and advise students on the final outcome within a reasonable time frame (not more than 4 weeks). NOTES Change of Programme (Transfer) 1. Approval for change of programme will be granted on a case-by-case basis and subject to each individual meeting the course admission requirements. 2. A transfer fee may be applicable for some programmes. 3. A fresh PEI-Student Contract shall be executed between the Student and SIM PL when the change of programme request has been approved. 4. Students are deemed to have withdrawn from the original programme when the application for change of programme is approved; the refund percentage as indicated in the refund table shall apply. 5. International students who wish to change to another programme offered by SIM PL will need to submit their Student s Pass application to Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) for approval. Withdrawal 6. Transferring to another institution is deemed as a withdrawal from SIM PL. As such, for international students who transfer to another institution, their International Student s Pass will be cancelled. These students will have to submit photocopies of their Passport and International Student s Pass at the Student Services Centre (SIM HQ, Blk B) within 3 working days of the transfer. Attendance record and other relevant documentation to facilitate the transfer will be provided upon request. Confidentiality SIM PL is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the student s personal information and undertakes not to divulge any of the student s personal information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student SUBJECT to the obligation of SIM PL to disclose to any Singapore government authority any information relating to the student in compliance with the law and/or to the organisation conferring/awarding the qualification. 13
16 VIBES WHY STUDY AT SIM GLOBAL EDUCATION The promise of a holistic learning experience that ensures success At SIM GE, we know that it takes more than classroom excellence to inspire our students to succeed. Our approach towards an all-rounded and holistic education experience is captured in Vibrancy of Student Life Brace yourself for an exciting campus life beyond the classroom. With almost a quarter of our students coming from over 40 countries from around the world, our campus offers a diverse and vibrant melting pot of talents, ideas and experiences. In addition, round-the-year student activities from more than 70 student clubs offer you ample opportunities to pursue your extra-curricular interests in arts, culture, and sports and develop personal skills in communication and leadership, at the same time helping you to build community bonds and networks that will benefit you later in life. Infrastructure + Technology When it comes to equipping you for success, SIM GE ensures that the student-centric campuses are outfitted with the latest in technology and facilities to enhance your learning experience. SIM campuses are enabled with high-speed wireless internet access and the latest in technology connecting you to a wealth of information and online services. SIM HQ Campus SIM s Headquarters at Clementi with an area of 119,000 m 2 serves as the main campus for about 23,000 students. The four towering blocks include well-appointed classrooms and lecture rooms, the extensive Tay Eng Soon management library, seminar rooms, offices, and computer laboratories. Pride of place are a new performing arts theatre, a sports hub and a real-time financial training centre. The central atrium at Block A allows for the hosting of major events such as exhibitions and convocation gatherings. A new addition at the atrium is the Heritage Gallery that celebrates 50 years of SIM s rich education legacy. SIM Management House Set in the tranquil residential estate of Namly Avenue, the SIM Management House has over 20 lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a members lounge and business centre that cater to membership activities, executive development courses and post-graduate degree programmes. It is also equipped with a management library containing one of the most complete collections of management-related publications in Singapore. Blend of Culture With a blend of 40 nationalities from across the globe, SIM GE s remarkable global mix of cultural diversities continues to grow. Providing an excellent platform for cultural exchange and knowledge sharing, a diverse student population is your gateway to understanding how the world thinks and relates. Experience a world-class education and a global mindset in a location that is the epicentre of buzzing Asia. 14
17 Education Options SIM GE offers over 70 full-time and part-time academic programmes through more than 10 partner universities at master s, bachelor s, graduate diploma and diploma levels in areas such as applied science, arts, business, communication, design, finance, information technology, hospitality, management, nursing, social sciences and more. The SIM Education Abroad Programme will enable you to experience vibrant cross-cultural exchanges and broaden your horizons through international industry practices, whilst grooming you to become global-minded executives. You will also be able to sharpen your employability by honing your soft skills in leadership and personal effectiveness through workshops. Stability With over 50-year-old heritage, over 132,000 strong alumni, student enrolment of over 36,000 and more than 2,000 topnotch faculty, the SIM Group is the premier organisation for higher education and lifelong learning in Singapore and the region. Backed by its rich history, strong reputation, global network with reputable universities, diversity of programmes, competent faculty and superb infrastructure, SIM GE is the premier organisation for higher education and lifelong learning in Singapore and the region. The promise of ensures students well-being and a holistic education. Committed to the welfare of every student, SIM GE extends support to all its students, from financial assistance schemes to counselling services and structured processes for grievance resolution. SIM GE also provides a 24-hour medical insurance coverage for all its students both in Singapore, and overseas (if students are involved in SIM-related activities) throughout the course duration. Information on student support services is available at 15
18 SIM STUDENT LIFE 24 hours in 1 day days in 1 year days in 3 years... Make the most of your time in SIM. Global Learning Global Learning offers a full spectrum of opportunities to gain overseas exposure. From the intellectual vibrancy of world-class academic exchanges, to examining the economic development of global cities, to understanding the complexities of social change; we present platforms for you to be at the centre of global engagement. Internship and Career Services Internships bridge students and graduates into the realities of the working world. A professional internship allows you to understand better if your skill sets and beliefs match the culture and values of the organisation you intend to join by offering the opportunity to test your abilities against real-world scenarios. Gain insights into your intended field of work in ways that will contribute value to your career in the long run. Career Services helps you to make the transition from academic life to a career of choice by identifying your core strengths and interests, and matching these to an appropriate profession. Gain insights into what different jobs and industries offer and require through job fairs, company visits and industry-related talks. Student Care Healthy, balanced and effective individuals are more likely to do well in life. Student Care regularly organises programmes on healthy living, wellness, time management, stress management and a range of other soft skills that will boost your well-being. You can also drop in to the Student Wellness Centre for relaxation, interaction with SIM peer mentors and check out wellness resource materials. Student Development Student Development supports the leadership and personal development, artistic and athletic pursuits of our students. We believe that these initiatives instill values, inspire creativity and expression, and builds resilence and teamwork as key qualities for life. With more than 70 student councils and clubs, we provide ample opportunities for you to take on leadership roles to contribute to the vibrancy of our campus. Dance recital by SIM GE Dance (All)titude Global Immersion Programme at Cambridge SIM Job Fair
19 Graduates at the University of Wollongong campus in Australia.
20 Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd 461 Clementi Road Singapore Tel: Fax: Photo Credits Page 1: Photo of Professor Joe F. Chicharo, courtesy of UOW image. Pages 2 & 4: Photos of UOW campus, courtesy of UOW image. Inside back cover: Photo of UOW graduates, courtesy of UOW image. This brochure contains key information, accurate as at time of print on 4 March For the most updated and complete programme information, refer to our website at SIM and University of Wollongong reserve the right to change the information, including fees, herein at any time. Members of The SIM Group