• Offered by ANU Wide
  • ANU College ANU Wide
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Social Work, Medical Science, Psychology, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Cross
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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ANUC1133 offers Diploma students similar learning outcomes to PSYC1003 in a highly supportive environment with extended hours for teaching and learning.

Understanding how people think and behave is one of the greatest challenges facing science. Considering brain processes and the biological constraints on behaviour is vital in discerning human behaviour and subsequent behavioural pathology. There are three lecture streams in PSYC1003: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Design & Statistics.

Some of the questions that we would cover would be: The ethics of human and animal research - do scientific gains justify human and non-human research? Scientific theory and objectivity - can you become a more clever consumer? 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? Smoking, spiders, rats and sex - how do positive and negative consequences shape behaviour? Memory and memory processes - why do we remember, how do we forget, and what is the best way to study for an exam? Language and communication - does language shape thought? We know about 60000 words; how do we recognise, read and manipulate these words, how does the brain deal with it? Chomsky vs. Skinner - is language innate? 10% of the population has dyslexia - what is dyslexia and what do we know about it? And is our early childhood experience really so crucial to how we organize our behaviour in adulthood?

Can you study the mind scientifically? In compulsory laboratory classes you will develop skills in the planning, implementation, analysis and presentation of psychological research.

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. Report, analzye and integrate information on developmental psychology, cognitive process, and research methods and statistics in psychology.
  2. Express a knowledge of the foundations of research and methods in cognitive and developmental psychology.
  3. Review and integrate the relevant material in cognitive psychology or developmental psychology; construct an argument; develop hypotheses. Report properly an experiment in cognitive psychology or developmental psychology.
  4. Discuss research findings in cognitive and developmental psychology. 
  5. Use statistical and research methods.
  6. Understand and report on the nature and practice of psychological research in an ethical environment.

The 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 limitations of experimental observation and accuracy.
  4. Develop skills in discussion and debate around core theoretical principals in psychology.

Other Information

Course Contact: Dr Rebecca Cross
T: 02 61250982
E: rebecca.cross@anucollege.edu.au

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Laboratory quizzes (30%) (LO2,5,6) 
  • Research report (25%) (LO1-6) 
  • Research participation (5%) (LO6)
  • Final exam (40%) (LO1,2,5)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities.
  • 85 hours of supported and independent student work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be enrolled in the Diploma of Science. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC1003.

Prescribed Texts

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. Psychology: latest Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Haslam, A., & McGarty, C. Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology: latest Edition. SAGE Publications Ltd, London


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
2020 $3690
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5250
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4620 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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