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.
- Second semester 2019 (Flexible)
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
- October intake 2019 (On-campus)
Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree
APY1910, ATS1359, ATS1840,, PSS1711, PSS1712.
This unit will introduce students to the scientific discipline of psychology and provide a foundation of understanding in several key topic areas.
Specifically, we will cover topics such as personality, motivation, emotion, sensation and perception and social psychology. Students 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:
- Describe key concepts underlying core psychology topics, including: personality, motivation, emotion, sensation and perception, and social psychology;
- Describe the key concepts underlying the research process, research methods and design;
- Apply psychological research methods and the principles required to evaluate data;
- Summarise key aspects of scientific journal articles on a chosen topic and prepare a written document on reported findings
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 90 minutes and 10 minutes.
- 12 x online quizzes (10%)
- Research proposal plan (950 words) (Part A) (20%)
- Research proposal (2,000 words) (Part B) (35%)
- Examination (90 minutes) (35%)
1 x 2 hour eWorkbook per week
1 x 2 hour Masterclass workshop per week
1 x 2 hour tutorials per week for 8 weeks
Plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week
Students will have access to online eWorkbooks delivering core content. eWorkbooks, equivalent to lectures in other units, contain embedded videos, as well as narrative and interactive activities.
Students attend either online or on-campus tutorial classes, together with optional, recommended Masterclass workshops.
Masterclasses comprise both in-class exercises and a presentation which expands on topics covered in workbooks, to provide greater insight and highlight current research in the field. Attendance at Masterclass workshops is not compulsory. Flexible mode students may elect to participate in Masterclass workshops via live streaming.
Students are able to attend either physical tutorials on-campus, or online tutorials (i.e., virtual classes in real-time), each week.
These interactive tutorials 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. Tutorial classes are available during the day or in the evening and, whilst not compulsory, are highly recommended.
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.