Psychology Introduction 1

Course code PSYC1010Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Why do people do the things they do? Welcome to the fascinating world of psychology: the scientific study of mind and behaviour. This course introduces some of the key factors that influence people's perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Areas covered include lifespan development, social, cross-cultural and indigenous studies, personality and individual differences, and health and clinical psychology.

The course forms part of a sequence of courses that have been approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

The course cannot be counted with PSYC1030.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCompetencies
At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the key concepts in i.lifespan development, ii.social,cross-cultural and indigenous studies, iii.personality and individual differences, and iv.health and clinical psychology.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the research/scientific approach and the content of the course.

3. Demonstrate competence in report writing for science in psychology at an introductory level.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and practical aspects of research in psychology using human participants.

Skills
As a consequence of studying this course students will build their:

1.Scientific literacy
2.Scientific numeracy
3.Computer literacy
4.Library and research skills
5.Interpersonal awareness
6.Problem solving skills
7.Critical evaluation skills
8.Intercultural awareness and perspective
9.Pragmatism.
ContentPsychology is the science of mind and behaviour. PSYC1010 provides an introduction to some of the classic and contemporary concepts, theories, and evidence in psychology. PSYC1010 focuses on the normal behaviour of individuals and groups and also abnormal behaviour.

PSYC1010 includes the following four modules:
1) Lifespan development
2) Social, cross-cultural and indigenous studies
3) Personality and individual differences
4) Health and clinical psychology.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNIL
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsLab based reports
Examination: FormalFinal exam based on all lectures, readings and lab content.
Other: (please specify)Psychological research awareness exercises.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC1010