Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS1711


This unit canvasses a range of fundamental psychology topics. Despite an emphasis on the everyday, real-world applied nature of the approach, the unit holds to the goals of psychology as a science: to describe, understand, predict, and influence our own behaviour and that of others. Through a problem-focused, activity-based laboratory program students are encouraged to critically evaluate and interpret the deluge of information they are exposed to on a daily basis and better understand why we do, think, feel and believe the things we do.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. Appreciate the complexity of human behaviour
  2. Develop critical thinking skills
  3. Build a solid knowledge foundation for further studies in psychology
  4. Have an understanding of the scientific method in relation to psychology


Written work (3000 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 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