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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: PSYX1104 can only be completed by students who have already completed PSYX1105.
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines)
- Apply communication, interpersonal and team skills in written assignments and by working with fellow students on group tasks and discussions on assignment tasks.
- Develop information technology skills through practical assignments and using the web-based elements of the course.
- Foster critical thinking skills through discussion of competing theories of psychological phenomena and understanding of scientific methodology.
- Display an appreciation of ethical issues from class discussions and participating 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 should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PSYX104-Introduction to Psychology I (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-PSYX1105-Introduction to Psychology II
- MAQ-PSYX105-Introduction to Psychology II (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSY104, PSYC104, PSYX104 NCCW (2020 and onwards) PSYU1104 Introduction to Psychology I Pre-requisite: PSYX1105 or PSYU1105
- Other requirements -
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 subject 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 subject 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 subject 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 - online 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%)