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Introduction to Psychology I
Explore how psychology informs human behaviour, learning and motivation. Study the connections between psychopathology and personality. Form your foundations in psychology research methods and essay writing. Discuss ethics. Start thinking critically.
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Please note: This subject is available in Macquarie Semester 3, which is an intensive semester that spans only 5 intensive teaching weeks with weekly assessment tasks, plus a mid-semester recess and an examination period. Students are advised to enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 3. Students who would prefer to take the subject over 13 teaching weeks should enrol in the Semester 1 offering.
At the completion of this unit students will have gained;
- Research and Study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
- Communication and Interpersonal skills (developed through written assignments, interactions in tutorial groups, and working with class members on assignment tasks).
- Team skills developed as a result of working with a small number of fellow students on a group project.
- Information Technology Skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course).
- Critical Thinking skills (developed through discussion of competing theories and application of the scientific method to understand psychological phenomena).
- Appreciation of Ethical Issues (developed in class discussion of ethical issues in research and exposure to actual participation in research).
- Unit Introduction and History and Methods in Psychology
- History and Motivation
- Social Motivation
- Psychological Problems
- Biological Bases of Behaviour
- Examination Preparation
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Please note: This subject has reached its capacity for Semester 3, 2019.
This unit introduces students to the discipline of psychology through a focus on the physiological bases of behaviour; learning; motivation; the nature of personality and psychopathology; and cross-cultural and Indigenous psychology. The unit conveys information about substantive material, and assumptions of theory associated with the science and profession of psychology through lecture and tutorial/practical classes. The unit introduces students to research methods in psychology through a series of methodology lectures. A further important aim of the unit is to develop students' competency in critical thinking and essay writing in psychology.
- Research Participation (5%)
- Weekly research design quizzes (10%)
- Tutorial Assessment (10%)
- Lecture quizzes (week 7 and week 13) (10%)
- Essay 1250 words (25%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)