Available in 2021
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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

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.


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 PSYC1030, 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

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 a minimum of six (6) Laboratories to meet course requirements.

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 online 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 is a minimum recommendation.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.