• 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
    • Dr Daniel Skorich
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an introduction to how theory and research in psychology can be applied to a wide range of  questions that people often ask about themselves, their families and relationships, their work, their future, society and the environment. During the course a series of questions will be addressed from different  perspectives including clinical, developmental, cognitive, and social psychological approaches. The questions will cover a range of issues and will typically change from year to year. Examples of questions that may be addressed are:

      - Does psychotherapy really help?

      - Does child-care damage children?

      - Why do we become addicted?

      - Why do we fall in love?

      - Are criminals made or born?

      - What makes someone charismatic?

      - Can eye-witness testimony be relied on?

      - How do you select the right person for the job?

The application of psychological knowledge to a wide range of settings (clinical, forensic, business, government, sport, etc.) will be discussed and explored using problem-based learning methods. This course provides an ideal introduction to how psychology contributes to the understanding of our own behaviour and the behaviour of those around us. This course is fully online; all course materials will be available through the course website, including lab activities and tutorial-style discussions.

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. explain how psychological theories and research can be applied to a range of everyday and important human problems
2. appreciate how the major areas of psychology (clinical/health, cognitive/perception, social) can be applied to help understand human problems
3. participate and contribute to discussions and class exercises focused on understanding the application of psychology to real-life problems

Indicative Assessment

The assessment will consist of a major essay (25%), 8 short onlines quizzes (8 x 2.5% = 20%), online lab participation (8 x 1.25% = 10%), online discussion participation (2 x 2.5% = 5%), and an end-of-semester exam (40%).

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3355 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 Online N/A

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