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.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 2 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 4 2015 (Online)
Monash Online Teaching Period 6 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


Introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. Lecture topics include Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, plus an introduction to research design and analysis. Online activities and discussion forums enhance students' understanding of the lecture and assessment material and provide training in research techniques.


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

  1. Analyse theories on how behaviour is socially influenced.
  2. Evaluate diagnostic practices related to schizophrenia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.
  3. Evaluate aspects of human memory.
  4. Critically analyse empirical studies.
  5. Synthesize testable hypotheses in social, abnormal, and/or cognitive psychology.
  6. Define experimental variables so they can be quantitatively measured (a skill known as operationalising).
  7. Design a simple research study and use basic statistics to analyse the associated data.


Critical evaluation task (15%)
Research proposal (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).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 4525.