Available in 2021
Course code

PSYC1020

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

What makes us tick? Welcome to the hidden world of psychology where we investigate the mechanisms of behaviour. We look at the underlying biological systems that determine everything we do, think and feel.

PSYC1020 looks at the internal mechanisms of behaviour while the companion course PSYC1010 looks at how the world around us influences our thoughts and behaviour. To fully understand ourselves, we need to see it from both perspectives.

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


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2021

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

  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.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Report

Quiz: Online quiz

Participation: Research Awareness Exercises

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises


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

Online

Laboratory

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

See course outline for schedule For students studying on-line 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.

Lecture

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

For students studying on-line 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.

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