Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Doctor Joanne Fielding


Continuation of first-year psychology topics: developmental psychology and biological psychology. Developmental psychology encompasses physical, cognitive, and social-emotional changes across the life span and how these are shaped by macrosystems such as culture, and microsystems such as peers and the family. Biological psychology includes states of consciousness, mental disorders and addiction, mechanisms and disorders of learning and memory, and the regulation of emotional and motivated states. The laboratory program complements the lectures, and provides further training in research techniques, report writing, oral presentations and teamwork. Compulsory weekend school for OCL students.


On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. learned how human behaviour, both simple and complex, is underpinned by physiological and neural processes;

  1. acquired an understanding of the interplay between local and distal, and familial and cultural, factors in determining the course of development from birth through to old age; and

  1. developed more advanced skills in report writing.


Examination (2 hours, multiple-choice): 50%
Two assignments: 10% (Developmental presentation) and 20% (Biological lab report) 20% On-line lecture quizzes
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joanne Fielding

Contact hours

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

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at a 1-day weekend school is required for all off-campus students.


PSY1011 and PSY1022



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