Available in 2022
Course code

PSYC1010

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

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 an overview of the history of psychology, lifespan development, social, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, individual differences in personality and intelligence, health and clinical psychology as well as an introduction to forensic psychology. The lab program focuses on introducing students to fundamental research skills in psychology, building coping and resilience skills, and equipping students for success in the course assessments.

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


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise the core concepts in lifespan development, social, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, personality and individual differences, and health and clinical psychology.

2. Identify the relationship between the research/scientific approach and the content of the course related to the influences on behaviour.

3. Construct clear logical written arguments on a psychological issue using evidence.

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


Content

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 five modules:

  • Lifespan development
  • Individual differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Cross-cultural and Indigenous psychology
  • Health and clinical psychology

Requisite

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


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Report

Quiz: Online Quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Research Awareness Exercises

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 80% of Laboratories to meet course requirements.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See course outline for lab schedule.

Lecture

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

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See course outline for lab schedule.

Lecture

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

Online

Laboratory

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See course outline for schedule For students studying online, a minimum of 10 hours of self directed learning per week is expected in addition to the lectures and laboratories.

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

For students studying online, a minimum of 10 hours of self directed learning per week is expected in addition to the lectures and laboratories.

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