Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 1 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 3 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 5 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


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. Online activities, for example interactive skills development, formative quiz presentations) and discussion forums, aim to enhance students' understanding of the lecture material and provide training in research techniques.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discriminate between key psychological theories related to learning, development, sensation and personality.
  2. Summarize the major historical frameworks and biological discoveries that have shaped the modern scientific discipline of psychology.
  3. Apply psychological principles and theories to real-world situations.
  4. Demonstrate communication and IT skills in the presentation of an oral report.
  5. Complete a literature search and synthesize findings in producing a written essay.
  6. Critically reflect upon learning and assessment in the unit and identify ongoing educational needs.


Critical evaluation task (15%)
Written & oral assignments (35%)
Examination (50%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 20 hours per week on this unit. This time will cover:

  1. video lecture materials (1 hour);
  2. synchronous & asynchronous discussion (1-2 hours);
  3. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2 hours);
  4. weekly readings (4-5 hours);
  5. weekly skills-based assessment tasks (4-6 hours); and
  6. content-based assessment (4-5 hours, including revision and formative assessment).

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Chief examiner(s)

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Must be enrolled in course 4525.