• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kristen Pammer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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None of us, as human beings, function in isolation - we exist in a complex matrix of psychological and social interactions with others, and these interactions clearly shape the ways in which we behave in a myriad of circumstances. In some instances the link between our psycho-social environments and our behaviours is straight-forward and self-evident. If we live within a relaxed and supportive environment then it is very likely our behaviours will reflect that situation. But often, the interactions are not quite so simple, and this gives rise to some of the most fascinating questions in psychology. Why, for example, do some children develop cooperative class-room skills while others become school bullies? How does group membership explain differences in individual behaviour? And is our early childhood experience really so crucial to how we organize our behaviour in adulthood? The unique psycho-social contexts in which we grow up and live has a profound influence on human behaviour and PSYC1004 explores that context in an attempt to answer these and many more questions. The course is structured around the areas of developmental psychology, social psychology and personality, though it attempts to integrate these so far as possible to address our basic understanding about how people behave and feel in the complex and dynamic world around them.

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course, nevertheless it is anticipated that students enrolling in PSYC1004 will have also completed PSYC1003. Completion of both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 is required for most later year psychology courses. All lectures are digitally streamed and lecture content is available on line. Compulsory laboratory classes provide, for example, hands-on skills experience in the use of psychological tests, the systematic observation of human behaviour under a range of circumstances, and the practice and implementation of applied psychological research.

Honours Pathway Option

Entry to this option will be subject to the approval of the course convenor. The School of Psychology has major research strengths in three fields: social psychology, cognition and perception, and clinical/health psychology. In the Honours Pathway Options first year students have the opportunity to explore work on more advanced topics related to one of these broad areas. PSYC1004 students who take the Honours Pathway Option are required to prepare and develop a scientific presentation on an area of psychological science relating to social psychology or mental health / physical well-being. (PSYC1003 offers similar opportunities in other areas of psychology).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Report, analyse and integrate information on developmental, social and personality psychology.
2. Express a knowledge of the foundations of research and methods in developmental, social and personality psychology.
3. Review and integrate the relevant material in developmental, social or personality psychology; construct an argument.
4. Discuss research findings in developmental, social and personality psychology.
5. Use statistical and research methods.
6. Understand and report on the nature and practice of psychological research in an ethical environment.

Indicative Assessment

There were four assessment components:

  • Laboratory quizzes (30%; LO 2, 5, 6)
  • Research essay (25%; LO 1 - 6)
  • Research participation (5%; LO 6)
  • Final exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 5)
  • HPO students: a poster presentation was an additional assessment item in 2008.

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Three hours of lectures per week and nine 2-hour laboratory classes spread across the semester, plus four hours of research participation (or equivalent)

Prescribed Texts

Burton, Westen, & Kowalski (2009). Psychology: Australian and New Zealand Edition (second edition) (text) + study guide + CD + Writing Guide (PACKAGE)




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
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2008 $3618
2007 $3618
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2005 $3450
2004 $3450
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7039 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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