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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Summer semester A 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Flexible)
South Africa First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Max Jory


The first half of this unit covers sensory processes involved in vision, audition and speech perception. Coding mechanisms common to different modalities are emphasised to help students understand general mechanisms of sensory coding and perceptual processing. The second half covers the following personality theories: psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Jung, phenomenological theories of Kelly and Rogers, three factor theory of Eysenck, five factor model of Costa and McCrae and social cognitive theories of Bandura and Mischel. The development, comparison, application and critical evaluation of these theories are emphasised. Compulsory weekend school for off-campus students.


On the completion of this unit students will

  1. understand the central problem faced by any perceptual system and be able to use this as a framework to think about the evolution of perceptual principles and current theories of perception;
  2. understand the broad principles of perception which apply to all modalities including neurophysiological mechanisms at the levels of receptors, pathways, and brain structures; top-down and bottom up processing, and feature detection, and the constructive nature of perception;
  3. know the sensory and perceptual processes specific to vision, audition and speech perception.
  4. explain the origins and underlying assumptions of the personality theories of Jung, Eysenck, Costa and McCrae, Bandura, Kelly and Rogers;
  5. understand the practical applications, experimental procedures and research interests associated with each of the above personality theories; and
  6. critically evaluate and compare the above personality theories.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Two 2000-word research reports: 20% each
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Max Jory

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


PSY2011 or PSY2031

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: