General Psychology

Course code PSYC1030Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This new online course in Psychology provides a foundation in the core disciplines of psychology, the major theoretical and experimental approaches and the latest research. The course content can be taken at your own pace, where all the content is presented online in step-by-step modules containing a variety of lectures and exercises to enhance your learning and includes non-compulsory live online tutorials to engage with other students and teaching staff.

This course is not part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence. As the content of PSYC1030 overlaps with both PSYC1010 and PSYC1020, it cannot be taken with either subject and cannot be counted with either PSYC1010 or PSYC1020. Contact the Course Coordinator for more details.

Available in 2015

Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course students will:
1. Define and describe what psychology is and the historical and contemporary approaches to understanding the interaction between mind and body.
2. Define the scientific method and reasoning and demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical concepts and principles of psychological research.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology: (Emotion and Motivation, Sensation and Perception, Learning, Memory, Social, Biological, Abnormal, Developmental, Health and Individual Differences).
4. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as relevant to various aspects of life, including family and relationships, education, policy and law, business and the workplace and healthcare.
5. Use critical thinking effectively to evaluate popular media reports and scientific evidence for psychological claims, including differentiating empirical evidence from speculation.
ContentThis introductory course will provide students with an overview of the current body of knowledge and methods of the science of psychology. Topics will include the historical foundations of psychology, cognition, emotion, learning, human development, biological bases of behaviour, personality, psychological disorders, and social behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on an empirical approach to a scientific understanding of human behaviour across these diverse domains of psychology
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne written essay of approx 1500 words - online submission
Examination: FormalHeld in End of Semester Exam Period
Quiz - On-lineWeekly Quiz - only available online
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC1030