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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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Whelan


Introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. Topics include personality, the biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, an introduction to theories of learning and development, plus an introduction to the historical origins of the discipline. Laboratory classes enhance students' understanding of the lecture material and provide training in research techniques. Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off campus students.


  1. Identify key historical and philosophical developments which have results into the modern discipline of psychology;
  2. Identify key concepts in the following topics: biological psychology, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, personality, learning;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of points one and two in various assessments;
  4. Appreciate the need for an objective understanding of human behaviour;
  5. Develop skills in technical writing; and
  6. Develop skills in critical thinking and experimentation.


Online assessment tasks: 20%
Essay: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tom Whelan

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, plus one 2-hour laboratory class per fortnight

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at a weekend school (up to 2-days) is required for all off-campus students.


WEL1320, WEL1340, BHS1320, BHS1340, GSC1306, GSC1307, APY1910, PSS1711, PSS1712 and any first-level psychology units taught at Monash prior to 1998

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