• 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 Li Lim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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. Moreover brain processes and the biological constraints on behaviour is vital in discerning human behaviour and behavioural pathology. Often, the interactions between behaviour, brain and environment are not quite so simple, and this gives rise to some of the most fascinating questions in psychology. Heredity and behaviour - is behaviour hardwired, are people born bad? Phineas Gage lost the entire front of his brain: he survived but it changed his behaviour - what does brain damage tell us about brain function and human behaviour? In two minds - what happens to behaviour when the pathway between the two brain hemispheres is cut? Brain plasticity - can different parts of the brain assume new behavioural roles if other areas are damaged? How does group membership explain differences in individual behaviour? Understanding pathological behaviour. 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 biological 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 PSYC1003 will also enrol in PSYC1004. Completion of both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 is required for most later year psychology courses. All lectures are digitally streamed as far as possible, and lecture content is available on line.

Honours Pathway Option

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

Psychology 1004 involves three content modules. The content modules cover Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, and Personality. By the end of the semester, we hope that you will have achieved a deep theoretical and applied understanding of each of these areas. Moreover, you should also develop an ability to access psychological information using the database PsycInfo and the ANU library catalogue, familiarity with Wattle, the ability to write a psychology laboratory report, and an understanding of academic honesty (including a clear understanding of plagiarism and how to reference correctly in 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.

The Psyc1003 laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises and laboratory classes designed to:

1. Illustrate and develop competence in a range of Psychological techniques and skills.

2. Emphasise the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to psychology.

3. Develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.

4. Develop your skills in discussion and debate around core theoretical principals in psychology.

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.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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

Prescribed Texts

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. (2015). Psychology: 4th Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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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
7466 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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