Programme Code: CP0238
Professional Diploma in Applied Psychology
The programme aims to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on how to apply psychological knowledge to explain and analyse human behaviour in everyday life, both at work and in social situations. Through diverse learning activities such as experiential exercises and case studies, students will gain a sense of well-being and a solid foundation to pursue further studies in psychology.
Graduates may apply for Junior Membership of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA)
The programme consists of 7 courses totally 210 hours.
|Course Code||Course Title||科目名稱||Hours|
||PSC4001|| Introduction to Psychology|| 心理學導論||30|
Introduction to Psychology
This course introduces Psychology as an applied social science in everyday life. The study of Psychology helps to understand patterns of human emotions, behaviors and thoughts based on scientific methods. The course is especially designed as a general foundation of applied psychology so that students may start their journeys to the systematic study of the discipline and to solve problems in daily life and work settings. Topics include different perspectives in psychological science; research methods in psychology; sensation and perception; consciousness and hypnosis; sleep, dreams and overcoming insomnia; life-span development; social psychology, group behavior and love and attraction; memory, thinking, intelligence and language; motivation and emotion; learning; personality theories and tests; psychological disorders; health, stress, coping and relaxation techniques.
||PSC4002|| Developmental Psychology|| 發展心理學||30|
This course introduces normal human development across lifespan. Topics include basic concepts and theories of human development; research methodology and issues in the study of developmental change; biological, environmental and social influences on development; development of attachment, communication and language in infancy; emotional development and temperament in early childhood; patterns and ranges of normal child behaviors; child-rearing practices; developmentally challenged children; identity formation and risk-taking behavior in adolescence; development of perception, language, cognition and morality; development of personality and social relationships; the impact of marriage, work and parenting on adult development; dying, grieving and keys to positive aging.
||PSC4003|| Personality Assessment & Analysis|| 性格評估與分析||30|
Personality Assessment & Analysis
This course introduces the major concepts of personality and the basic techniques used to assess individual differences. Emphasis is placed on increasing self-understanding through different personality assessment tools and analysis. Topics include personality stability and change; self-concept and its connections to health and work; assumptions about human nature and the evaluation of behavior; personality assessment and practical application from the biological, psychodynamic, trait, humanistic, social–cognitive perspectives; personality tests and anaylsis of Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.
||PSC4004|| Social Psychology|| 社會心理學||30|
The course gives an overview of the field which studies the behavior of individuals in social contexts. Students will be able to apply knowledge of social psychology to enhance well-being and effectiveness in relationships and group settings. Topics include social cognition such as attribution explanations of behavior; social perception; social motivation; relationship between attitude and behavior; persuasive methods used to change attitudes; social influence on individual behavior and group dynamics; social relations such as stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; determinants of helping, aggression and conflict; factors influencing attraction and relationships; the impact of Chinese culture on various social behaviors and conceptions of self and identity.
||PSC4005|| Counselling Psychology|| 輔導心理學||30|
This course provides a foundation for students who wish to learn the fundamentals of counselling or to explore their potential for professional training in mental health. Emphasis is placed on understanding a therapeutic relationship and practicing basic counseling skills based on various experiential activities. Topics include the helping relationship; characteristics of an effective counselor; objectives, process and ethical concerns of counseling various populations; the communication skills of actively listening and empathic responding; the art of probing and summarizing; helping clients to tell their stories, set goals and develop plans to accomplish goals; cultural values and socio-political contexts; the foundation of psychodynamic therapy, person-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
|Elective Courses (Two Courses) *|
||PSC4006|| Positive Psychology|| 正向心理學||30|
This course introduces the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions. Focus will be put on human potentials, human strengths, well-being and fulfillment. Topics include the study of happiness and subjective well-being; classification of character strengths and virtues; positive emotions such as happiness and well-being; emotion-focused coping and emotional intelligence; positive thinking such as self-efficacy, optimism and hope; mindfulness, flow, wisdom and courage; positive behavior such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, forgiveness, attachment, love and flourishing relationships; positive environment such as schooling and gainful employment and the me/we balance in building better communities.
||PSC4007|| Clinical and Abnormal Psychology|| 臨床與異常心理學||30|
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
This course provides a broad exposure to the field of mental health, counselling and other psychological services. It introduces the development and diagnosis of common mental illnesses, as well as the relevant treatment from the clinical psychology perspective. Topics include the continuum in behavior from mental health to mental illness; the diathesis-stress and nature-nurture models; basic clinical interviewing and assessment; understanding generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; depression, suicide and risk assessment; basic cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety; understanding attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and behavioral therapy; understanding child abuse and neglect, attachment issues and personality disorders; types of dementia and related-behavioral issues; cognitive training, environment modification and support for caregivers.
||PSC4008|| Criminology and Investigative Psychology|| 犯罪與調查心理學||30|
Criminology and Investigative Psychology
This course introduces basic concepts of criminology and investigative psychology in understanding the factors contributing to and characteristics of various criminal behaviors. Students will be able to integrate knowledge to analyze criminal behaviors critically. Topics include understanding criminal behaviors and criminology theories; human aggression and violence; basic criminal profiling; crime analysis such as homicide and arson, sexual offenses, domestic violence and property related crimes; the psychology of suspect interviewing and statement analysis; social psychology and crowd control; correctional psychology and rehabilitation.
* For Spring 2018, PSC4006 and PSC4007 will be offered as elective courses.
Duration and Mode of Study
About 15 months part-time study.
Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English materials.
An attendance of 75% is required in each course.
Students who have obtained a passing grade in each course will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Applied Psychology issued by the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Application Fee: HK$120
Tuition Fee: HK$21,000, payable in 4 instalments
Course Schedule and Venue
Classes will be scheduled for weekday evenings (two classes per week) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Wan Chai Learning Centre.
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects including English and Chinese (and up to 2 Applied Learning subjects) with at least 3 years’ work experience or equivalent; or
- Successful completion of Yi Jin Diploma with at least 3 years’ work experience; or
- Holder of a relevant School of Continuing Education (SCE) Diploma or Certificate or other equivalent non-SCE qualifications; or
- Aged 21 or above, preferably with 3 years’ relevant work experience.
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PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY is recognized under the QFThe above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations without prior notice.
QF Level: 4
QR Registration no.: 14/002808/L4
Registration Validity Period: 17/04/2014 to On-going
Students are advised to follow the requirements listed in the course information distributed on admission.