Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Evita March


Previously coded PSS1711


This unit pairs with ATS1840 to complete a broad introductory understanding of psychology as both a science and a field of knowledge that can be applied to everyday situations. It has a focus on topics more related to the brain and its workings, examining fundamental topics like the nervous system, sensation and perception, intelligence, consciousness, language, 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.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  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. Possess a solid knowledge foundation in a range of fundamental psychological concepts
  5. Consolidate an understanding of the scientific method in relation to psychology


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

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)