Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Jacqui Howell


Previously coded PSS1711


This unit is the 'part 2' of introductory psychology offered by Psychological Studies (see ATS1840), though it may be taken on its own. It has somewhat of a neurological focus, examining fundamental topics like the nervous system, sensation and perception, intelligence, learning, memory and cognition. There is an emphasis on making these concepts highly accessible by demonstrating their relevance to everyday behaviour. The unit also holds to the goals of psychology as a science: to describe, understand, predict, and influence our own behaviour and that of others. It also provides a solid grounding for any further study in psychology, or any of the social sciences or other courses that relate to social interactions.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. Appreciate the complexity of human behaviour
  2. Understand how cognitive and neurological processes impact behaviour
  3. Understand the concept of the biopsychosocial interaction
  4. Build a solid knowledge foundation in a range of fundamental psychological concepts for further studies in psychology
  5. Have an understanding of the scientific method in relation to psychology


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour laboratory per week

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


APY1910, BHS1320, PSY1011, WEL1320, ATS1261