The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019
  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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, & 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.


Psychology 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.


This course has similarities to PSYC1030. If you have successfully completed PSYC01030, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Online Learning Activity: Assessments delivered online via Blackboard

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Research Awareness

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Online


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

See course outline for schedule of labs


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

For students studying on-line or via distance mode a minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 weeks of self directed learning is expected. The number of contact hours in a minimum recommendation.