Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Lenore Manderson


Continuation of first year psychology topics: cognitive psychology, and social psychology. Cognitive psychology includes contemporary research techniques, cognitive architecture, attentional processes, pattern recognition, mental imagery, language and higher-order thinking. Social psychology focuses on social schemas, social attribution, theories of attitude change, group psychology, aggression, interpersonal attraction and affiliation, and sex roles. The laboratory program complements the lecture series, and provides further training in research techniques, report writing, oral presentations and teamwork.


This unit consists of two six-week blocks covering cognitive and social psychology. On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. Developed an appreciation of the full range of human functioning, from lower-order processes of attention to higher-order decision-making processes.
  2. Developed an understanding of how people think about the self and others and the processes through which people relate to one another in both intimate relationships and larger groups.
  3. Developed more sophisticated data analytic and report-writing skills.


Examination (2 hours, multiple-choice): 50%
Two laboratory assignments: 30%
Class participation assessments: 10%
Online lecture topic quizzes: 10%

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Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, plus one 2-hour laboratory per fortnight. The School strongly recommends attendance at lectures however, they are optional. Laboratory classes are compulsory in order to complete the assessment associated with attendance.

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day Weekend School classes are compulsory in order to complete the assessment associated with attendance. Please refer to the specific unit requirements for more detail. It is common practice, where possible, to timetable at least two Weekend School options in each core unit. Sessions may be held at Clayton or Caulfield campuses.





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