PSY1022 - Psychology 1B - 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)

Adriana Ortega


Dr Swati Mujumdar (Australia)
Adriana Ortega (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • October intake 2018 (On-campus)


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


Psychology is a scientific discipline which spans a diverse range of areas. This unit introduces you to a small selection of areas, including:

  • Social psychology: how other people and the social environment influence how we think and behave - e.g., conformity, aggression, stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Cognitive psychology: the exploration of internal mental processes - e.g., the fallible nature of memory, how it works and is influenced by others.
  • Abnormal psychology: what happens when our thoughts, feelings, or behaviour cause distress, and interfere with our ability to function - e.g., depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

You will also examine how psychologists acquire further knowledge and test their understanding of the way in which individuals think, feel, and behave. This will involve an introduction to research methodology (e.g., research design, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics).


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

  1. Identify and appreciate key influences on social behaviour;
  2. Identify key types and components of memory, and appreciate the limitations of memory;
  3. Recognize and distinguish between the basic features, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia, mood, and anxiety disorders;
  4. Apply and communicate (both orally and in written form) research methods principles to evaluate data, past research studies, and to plan future research; and
  5. Demonstrate (through written and oral communication) skills in critical thinking.


  • 12 x Invigilated Online quizzes (15%)
  • Research Proposal Plan Part A (10%)
  • Research Proposal Part B (25%)
  • Examination (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Online preparatory videos: 1 hour per week

Attendance at lectorials: 1 x 2 hour weekly

Consultations: 1 x 2 hours for 8 weeks

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

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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