Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Psychology is a diverse and fascinating area of study. This course helps you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allows you to better interpret how we think, act and feel. It also helps you to develop a number of interpersonal skills and abilities that are transferable to the workplace. The course provides an introduction of the key areas of psychology for students with no prior background in the discipline.

There are four main perspectives used to study different aspects of our behaviour and mental processing: biological; cognitive; behavioural; and sociocultural. These perspectives will be covered in Module 1, where you will examine how a person develops over time and interacts with the world.

Other perspectives in psychology are clinical in nature and can be related to psychological therapy. These are covered in Module 2, where you will focus on social groups and definitions of normality. You will explore the key concepts underlying personality development and the humanistic perspective, as well as psychotherapies based on these two concepts.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and identify the major fields of psychology and understand the core concepts and theoretical approaches relevant to each of these;

2. Apply the principles of psychology in personal and professional contexts to develop a better knowledge and understanding of other people;

3. Explain basic and foundational elements of neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and developmental psychology;

4. Explain basic and foundational elements of thinking and intelligence, personality theories and assessment, social psychology, and abnormal psychology;

5. Organise and communicate information using professional formats.


Module 1

  • Neuroscience
  • Sensation and perception
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Developmental psychology

Module 2

  • Thinking and intelligence
  • Personality theories and assessment
  • Social psychology
  • Abnormal psychology

Assessment items

In Term Test: Online exams - Module 1

Essay: Essay linking content to applied field

In Term Test: Online Exam - Module 2

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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