New Bachelor of Science courses introduced at Curtin Malaysia to meet growing demand

Miri – 14 January 2020 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has introduced two new Bachelor of Science (BSc.) courses to meet growing demand from both domestic and international students.

They are Curtin’s Bachelor of Science in Health, Safety and Environment and Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science. Both are three-year, full-time courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Health, Safety and Environment prepares students for diverse careers in the expanding area of occupational health and safety. They will learn how to create, maintain and manage a safe and healthy workplace, and develop professional skills in critical thinking, information literacy and technology.

The first year will be an introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and will include aspects such as professional health practice, biostatistics and epidemiology, human structure and function, indigenous cultures and health behaviours, and microbiology and biohazards.

In the second and third years, students will learn how to identify and manage risks and hazards, participate effectively in decision-making processes, and improve health and safety to prevent injuries and illness in the workplace.

This includes learning about workplace human factors, employment and environment law, promoting mental health and social inclusion, risk assessment and management, occupational hygiene, HSE professional practice, environmental systems management, health and safety technology, and emergency management and incident investigation.

Graduates of the course can look forward to careers in a wide variety of roles, including environmental health and safety specialists, corporate health and safety directors, food safety inspectors, health and safety engineers and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) inspectors, to name a few.

Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science is a general applied psychological science course that emphasises the application of knowledge to problems arising in professional practice. It provides an understanding of the theoretical framework within which various approaches and techniques have been developed.

Experimental design relevant to applied research is an important part of the course, which sets it apart from other psychological science and psychology courses.

Students of this course will learn to apply psychological theory to evidence-based practice and extend the boundaries of knowledge through research, as well as discriminate between valid discipline knowledge and questionable esoteric theory and practice.

They will also be able to apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse problems and generate innovative solutions to psychological questions, as well as access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and evidence from a range of sources applicable to psychology.

In addition, they will learn to communicate effectively with individuals, groups and communities, select and effectively use appropriate technologies relevant to psychological research and practice, and independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner.

Key learning outcomes also include the ability for self-directed learning and reflective practice, knowledge and understanding of international perspectives in psychology, and understanding and respect for human rights and cultural diversity.

The degree is designed to provide a strong foundation for more advanced studies either in the fields of psychology or business.

There are two intakes for both courses, in February and July. For more information on the courses, visit courses.curtin.edu.my/courses-and-study/.

Both courses are recognised by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The Bachelor of Science in Health, Safety and Environment is recognised by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board (Safety Institute of Australia). The Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science, meanwhile, is the only course of its kind in Australia that is nationally and internationally accredited – by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (United Kingdom).

BSc in Health, Safety & Environment prepares students for diverse careers in occupational health and safety.

BSc in Psychological Science emphasises application of knowledge to problems arising in professional practice.

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