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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 has reached capacity for 2020 and is no longer accepting enrolments.
At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines)
- Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills (developed through written assignments, interactions in tutorial groups, and working with class members on assignment tasks)
- Demonstrate team skills developed as a result of working with a small number of fellow students on a group tasks and discussions
- Develop information technology skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course)
- Develop critical thinking skills (developed through discussion of competing theories and application of the scientific method to understand psychological phenomena)
- Develop an 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 Methods
- Social Motivation
- Psychological Problems
- Biological Bases of Behaviour
- Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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.
- Essay 1250 words (25%)
- Tutorial - Weekly participation in tutorial activities (10%)
- Research - 4 hours participation in research studies (5%)
- Research Design - Weekly online quizzes (10%)
- Psychology - Mid-session and end-of-session online quizzes (10%)
- Invigilated Exam - Multiple choice questions (40%)