• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Philosophy, Medical Science, Psychology, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anne Aimola Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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The PSYC1003 course will address some of the most fundamental questions in psychology:

  • How does the human mind process information so that we can make sense of the world, remember things, and solve problems?
  • How do perceptual systems work?
  • What is the role of attention in psychological processes?
  • What are the psychological requirements for using and understanding language?
  • What are the key developmental stages from birth to young and then late adulthood?
  • How is psychological functioning impaired if these developmental stages are disrupted?

You will have the opportunity to learn about, discuss and evaluate key theories and seminal research in cognitive psychology and developmental psychology. Lecturers will strive to connect psychological knowledge presented in class to real-world issues. 

You will be exposed to fundamental statistical concepts and basic techniques, as well as research methods and ethical principles commonly employed in the field of psychological research. Information about research methodology and statistics will establish the foundation upon which you will learn to assess the veracity of existing theories and empirical findings in psychology. 

You will also have the opportunity to participate in psychology experiments – both in the laboratory classes and as part of the research participation component of this course. The results of these experiments will be statistically analysed, and your tutor will facilitate engaged discussions. Through the laboratory class program, students are expected to gain and enhance skills in academic writing, communication, team-work and brainstorming. 

PSYC1003 is the first step toward your future as a psychologist, and we will provide you with information about your career options in psychology.

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course. Many students enrolled in PSYC1003 will go on to enrol in PSYC1004 in Semester 2, 2022. Completion of both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 is required for most later-year psychology courses. 

This course has an Honours Pathway Option.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand, describe, and discuss models of the cognitive structures and processes involved in perception, attention, language, and memory.
  2. Understand, describe, and discuss key topics in developmental psychology, including classical developmental theories and contemporary research on biological, cognitive, and social development.
  3. Describe different research methods, and the core statistical concepts and techniques that are commonly used within research areas of psychology.
  4. Explain and evaluate theoretical claims and empirical findings in cognitive and developmental psychology.
  5. Understand the theoretical basis of a psychological experiment, comprehend the experimental findings in the context of the research questions(s) and describe the implications for current theories, construct a logical narrative, and effectively communicate all of this information through the write-up of a laboratory research report.
  6. Describe how ideas from cognitive and developmental psychology are applied to understanding contemporary issues in the public domain.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Report (25) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
  2. Laboratory In-Class Assessment (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Research in Psychology Experience (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Final Examination (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
  5. HPO students - Students pursuing the HPO will complete an extended Introduction and Discussion section for their Research Report. (null) [LO null]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component, which may consist of 3 hours of lectures per week (1 x 1-hour lecture plus 1 x 2-hour lecture) and 12 x 1.5-hour laboratory classes spread across the semester, plus 5 hours of research in psychology experience. Please Note: Laboratory classes are reflected in the timetable as computer labs and practical classes. When you register on Wattle for your laboratory classes, you only need to register for one (either computer labs or practical classes) because registering for one will automatically put you in both classes.
  • Approximately 73 hours of self-study, which will include preparation for lectures, laboratory classes, and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (BSPSY), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (APSYC), Bachelor of Science (BSC), Bachelor of Arts (BARTS), Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (PhB), Bachelor of Health Science (BHLTH), Bachelor of Design (BDESN), Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Humanities and Social Sciences (AHUSS) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) (ASCAD).

Prescribed Texts

  1. Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalski, R. (2019). Psychology: Fifth Australian and New Zealand Edition. Milton Qld: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
  2. Burton, L. J. (2021). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology (5th ed.). Milton Qld: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
  3. Haslam, S. A., & McGarty, C. (2019). Research methods and statistics in psychology (3rd ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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
3171 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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