• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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In this course three key areas of psychology will be introduced: social psychology, personality psychology & biological psychology. 

The course will chart key developments, theories and foundational research that continues to have an impact on current approaches. The course will address the big questions in psychology, such as: How does the social environment influences the way people think, feel and behave?; Are there stable personality traits that determine people’s behaviours across time and different situations?; How flexible is the human brain in adapting to changing life circumstances and injuries?

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course. Students can enrol in PSYC1004 before completion of PSYC1003. Completion of both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 is required for most later-year psychology courses.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Describe key theories and topics in social psychology including humans as social animals, social norms, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice. 

 2. Describe key models of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, and biological models. 

 3. Describe the structural components of the brain, and biological mechanism and how they relate to elements of human behaviour and behavioural disorders. 

4.  Understand and critically analyse theoretical and empirical material in social, personality and biological psychology.

5.  Develop the ability to integrate information from multiple (sometimes conflicting) sources, construct a logical argument and effectively communicate it through writing, either in the fields of biological, social, or personality psychology, in the form of a research essay.

Indicative Assessment

Laboratory Quizzes – 20% (LO 1-3)
Research Essay – 35% (LO 5)
Research Participation – 5% (LO 4)
Final Exam – 40% (LO 1-3, 5)

HPO students – completion of a research related exercise (LO 1,5)

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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

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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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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
7411 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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