• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Social Work, Medical Science, Psychology, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anne Aimola Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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In this course three key areas of psychology will be introduced: Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Statistics and Research Methods. 

The course will chart key developments, theories and foundational research that continues to impact on current approaches. Students will also learn about research methodology, basic data analysis techniques and ethical principles commonly employed in psychological research. 

The course will address the big questions in psychology, such as: How does the human mind process information so we can make sense of the world, remember things and solve problems?; What are the key developmental stages from birth to death and how is human functioning impaired if these critical stages are disrupted?; How is data used in psychology to advance knowledge? 

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course. Many students enrolled in PSYC1003 will go on to enrol in PSYC1004 the following semester. 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 topics in developmental psychology, including classical developmental theories, cognitive, and social development.

2.  Describe key models of human cognition and their underlying neurological mechanisms, including attention, visual perception, and memory. 

3.  Describe different research methodologies and core statistical concepts/techniques commonly used within research areas of psychology.

4.  Develop the ability to critically analyze theoretical and empirical material in developmental and cognitive psychology.

5.  Develop the ability to understand the theoretical basis of a psychological experiment, comprehend experimental findings in the context of the research questions(s) and their implications for current understandings, construct a logical narrative and effectively communicate it through the write-up of a research laboratory report.

Indicative Assessment

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

HPO students – completion of a research related piece of assessment (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.

Haslam, A., & McGarty, C. (2014). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology: 2nd Edition.SAGE Publications Ltd, London




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

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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2324 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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