• 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 Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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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. The course will address a series of questions from different perspectives, including clinical, developmental, cognitive, and social psychology. The application of psychological knowledge will be explored using problem-based learning methods. This course provides an introduction to how psychology contributes to the understanding of our own behaviour and the behaviour of those around us, in real world settings.


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. Understand how psychological theories and research can be applied to a range of topics. 
  2. Appreciate how the major areas of psychology (clinical/health, cognitive/perception, social) have contributed to applied psychology. 
  3. Compare, contrast and critique theoretical and empirical research in applied psychology. 
  4. Be confident in the hands-on skills, developed through practical exercises and group discussions, in applying psychology to a range of topics. 

Indicative Assessment

The assessment will consist of:

  1. a written assessment (30%),
  2. in-lab participation (30%), and
  3. an end-of-semester exam (40%). 

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  • 2 hour lecture per week (13 in total). Some of these will be in person (traditional lecture) and some of these will be presented as an online component.
  • 2 hour lab (9 in total). Some of these will be practical labs using equipment and some will be tutorial based discussions around core topics.
Required readings: Students will be provided limited readings to aid their learning in this course.



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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
8624 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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