PSY1011 - Psychology 1A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Swati Mujumdar


Dr Christopher Siva (Australia)
Dr Goh Pei Hwa (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Flexible)
  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (Off-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


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


This unit provides students with an introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science.

The key topics explored in this unit include personality, the biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, an introduction to theories of learning and development, introduction to the historical origins of the discipline, and cross cultural psychology. Consultation classes 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. Identify key historical and philosophical developments which have resulted in the modern discipline of psychology;
  2. Identify and describe key concepts underlying biological, developmental and cross-cultural psychology, sensation and perception, personality and learning;
  3. Apply the knowledge and concepts of biological, developmental and cross-cultural psychology, sensation and perception, personality and learning to assessable quizzes and critical thinking assignment;
  4. Outline the need for an objective understanding of human behaviour;
  5. Prepare written technical and scientific documentations and present key findings.


  • Article matrix (Part A) (10%)
  • Oral presentation (10 minutes) (Part B) (10%)
  • Critical review (1,500 words) (Part C) (20%)
  • 5 x Online quizzes (10%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

  • 5 hours per week
  • 1x1 hour online preparatory videos per week
  • 1x2 hour Lectorial per week
  • 1x2 hour consultation (tutorial) per week
  • Plus 7 hours of self-directed study per week.

Flexible mode students are not required to attend lectures. Lecture content is available in the form of videos embedded in online workbooks. Online tutorial classes are on offer during the day or in the evening.

The flexible mode offers students the ability to attend online tutorial classes each week (i.e., virtual classes in real-time), instead of attending physical tutorial classes on-campus. Online classes are available during the day or in the evening. Students who elect the flexible mode will have access to online workbooks for each topic of the unit-these workbooks are equivalent to the on-campus lectures and will include narrative and videos (i.e., no requirement to attend lectures on-campus if studying in flexible mode).

On-campus students are required to attend weekly lectures and tutorials on-campus. Activities and supplementary readings / videos will be made available through the pre-class lesson on Moodle. All students in this unit, regardless of mode of study, undertake the same exam, in-semester quizzes, and the same prescribed textbooks.

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

(Applicable to Summer offering only)

Online preparatory videos: 1 hour per week

Participation in (live) online lectorials: 1 x 2 hour weekly

Online lectorials are live (i.e., real-time), web-based classes run by teaching staff that replace traditional lectures and tutorials. These interactive classes provide students with an opportunity to apply and explore concepts in an active, engaging manner, whilst at the same time developing practical skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Participation in online lectorials is required in order to complete class participation assessment. It is common practice, where possible, to schedule at least two participation options for off-campus students in each core unit of psychology.

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

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