The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

PSYC1020

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course continues on from PSYC1010 by introducing some additional key areas in psychology, including

- Biological mechanisms of behaviour and emotion

- Sensation and Perception

- Learning

- Memory and Cognition

Where PSYC1010 focused on how the world around us influences our thoughts and behaviour, PSYC1020 looks at the internal mechanisms of behaviour.

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


Availability

Online

  • Summer 2 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise the core concepts in sensation and perception, biological mechanisms of behaviour and emotion, learning, memory and cognition.

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

3. Apply core concepts in biological psychology to example case studies.

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


Content

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. PSYC1020 provides an introduction to some of the classic and contemporary concepts, theories, and evidence in psychology.

PSYC1020 is focused on the mechanisms of behaviour.

PSYC1020 includes the following four modules:

  1. Biological mechanisms of behaviour and emotion
  2. Learning
  3. Sensation and Perception
  4. Memory and Cognition

Requisite

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


Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010 recommended


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Report

Quiz: Online quiz

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Participation: Research Awareness Exercises

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises


Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

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

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 is a minimum recommendation.

Ourimbah

Laboratory

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

Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

For students studying via distance a minimum of 10 hours per week of self directed learning is expected.