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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 Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Russell Conduit


Introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. Topics include descriptive statistics and an introduction to inferential statistics, basic processes and principles of cognition, abnormal and social psychology. 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.


On the completion of this unit students will have acquired an understanding of basic cognitive processes; achieved an appreciation of the social basis of behaviour, and selected aspects of abnormal psychology; developed their understanding of research methodology and statistical analysis; and further developed the ability to write a psychological report.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Samia Toukhsati

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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