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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS1711


The unit provides an introduction to the study of human behaviour, covering aspects such as brain structure and function, sensation, perception, consciousness and its many states, learning and conditioning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, stress and coping.


On successful completion of this unit students should: 1) be aware of the complexity of human behaviour and have an appreciation of the issues related to understanding and measuring some of these behaviours; 2) be aware of some of the theories that attempt to explain human processes, particularly those related to sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition and emotion.


Written work: 60%
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Symmons

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


APY1910, BHS1320, GSC1306, GSC1711, PSY1011, WEL1320, ATS1261