Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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

- sensation and perception

- motivation and emotion

- 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Introduce some key areas in psychology that control behaviour which include sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, learning and memory and cognition.

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 competence skills in data collection, manipulation, graphing and reporting at an introductory level.

5. Develop the ability to report and discuss psychology in a clear and concise manner and using a professional style.


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


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

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010 recommended

Assessment items

Report: Essays/Written Assignments

Quiz: Online quiz

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Research Awareness exercises

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

See course outline for lab schedule


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.