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Subject details

Student who successfully complete this subject 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 include: biological underpinnings of psychology; sensory processes, perception, and consciousness; 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.  
    • Sensation and perception
    • Biological bases of psychology
    • Consciousness
    • Emotion
    • Personality
    • Abnormal, clinical, and health psychology
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

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

  • SWI-PSS110


It is recommended you complete STA10003 Foundations of Statistics before undertaking this subject.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students are required to use MindTap software for this unit. This is available either
    along with the MindTap Bundle listed below in the 'Textbooks you'll need' section; or
    directly through the Cengage website. https://login.cengagebrain.com

This subject is 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 subject.

This subject is part of the Social Science Pathway.

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Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of degrees in your area of interest. Plus, each of the subjects you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen degree.

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  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

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Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBS-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

  • Major in Psychological Studies
  • Co-major in Sociology