Psychology 101 - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (45%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,700.00
Domestic continuing 828.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,950.00
International continuing 1,078.00

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Please note: In addition to the required textbook listed for PSY10004 there is also required e-textbook, see the 'Are you eligible for study?' section for more information.

Psychology 100 and Psychology 101 are designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the main theories and methods of psychology. 

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the general methods of investigation employed in psychological research, and show an appreciation of the main issues in research ethics                     
  2. Explain key concepts from major content areas in psychology. These may include: biological underpinnings of psychology; sensory processes, perception, and consciousness; learning, memory, and cognition; developmental psychology; social psychology; personality, intelligence, and other individual differences; health, clinical, and abnormal psychology             
  3. Locate, organise and integrate information from various sources concerning topics and problems relating to psychology            
  4. Communicate in a logical and clear manner the results of investigating a topic or problems relating to psychology         
  5. Apply psychological theories, methods, and data to explain aspects of your everyday experiences and behaviours.                
  • Assignments (45%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Test — Weekly online tests (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS120 — Introduction to Psychology 2

It is recommended you complete both STA10003 Foundations of Statistics and PSY10003 Psychology 100 before undertaking this unit.

  • Additional materials — This unit has a required e-textbook available for purchase here: Bernstein et al. (2013). Psychology: An International Discipline in Context: Australian & New Zealand Edition (1st ed) + MindTap Instant Access Code for 12 Months. To purchase the eTextbook and the MindTap instant access please contact Cengage at

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Cognitive psychology
3Developmental psychology
4Social and cross-cultural psychology

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • How To Write Psychology Research Reports and Essays

    By:Bruce Findlay

    ISBN: 9781486010257


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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