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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Unit Introduction and History and Methods in Psychology
    • History and Motivation
    • Motivation
    • Learning
    • Social Motivation
    • Personality
    • Psychological Problems
    • Biological Bases of Behaviour
    • Examination Preparation

At the completion of this unit students will have gained;

  1. Research and Study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  2. Communication and Interpersonal skills (developed through written assignments, interactions in tutorial groups, and working with class members on assignment tasks).
  3. Team skills developed as a result of working with a small number of fellow students on a group project.
  4. Information Technology Skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web¿based elements of the course).
  5. Critical Thinking skills (developed through discussion of competing theories and application of the scientific method to understand psychological phenomena).
  6. Appreciation of Ethical Issues (developed in class discussion of ethical issues in research and
  7. exposure to actual participation in research).
  • Assignment 1 - Weekly Tutorial Participation (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research Participation 4 hours (5%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1250 words (25%)
  • Assignment 4 - Multiple Choice (50%)
  • Assignment 5 - Weeks 2-11 (10%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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