Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Russell Conduit


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.


5 x lecture topic quizzes: 10%
7 x class participation assignments: 10%
2 x critical thinking exercises: 15% each
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, plus 8 x 1-hour laboratory classes.

Off-campus attendance requirements

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


APY1910, PSS1711, PSS1712, ATS1359, ATS1840, and AZA1020.

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