• 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 Second Semester 2020
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ANUC1134 offers Diploma students similar learning outcomes to PSYC1004 in a highly supportive environment with extended hours for teaching and learning.

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 are 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 ANUC1134 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.


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.

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 – 20% (LO 1-3)
  • Research Essay – 35% (LO 5)
  • Research Participation – 5% (LO 4)
  • Final Exam – 40% (LO 1-3, 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 PSYC1004.

Prescribed Texts

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R.  Psychology: latest Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.


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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9590 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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