In this course three key areas of psychology will be introduced: social psychology, personality psychology & biological psychology.
The course will chart key developments, theories and foundational research that continues to have an impact on current approaches. The course will address the big questions in psychology, such as: How does the social environment influences the way people think, feel and behave?; Are there stable personality traits that determine people’s behaviours across time and different situations?; How flexible is the human brain in adapting to changing life circumstances and injuries?
No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course. Students can enrol in PSYC1004 before completion of PSYC1003. Completion of both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 is required for most later-year psychology courses.
This course has an Honours Pathway Option
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe key theories and topics in social psychology including humans as social animals, social norms, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice.
- Describe key models of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, and biological models.
- Describe the structural components of the brain, and biological mechanism and how they relate to elements of human behaviour and behavioural disorders.
- Understand and critically analyse theoretical and empirical material in social, personality and biological psychology.
- 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.
- Research Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Question Generation and Review (or HPO - see below) (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid Semester Exam (20) [LO 1,4]
- End of Semester Exam (40) [LO 2,3,4]
- The HPO assessment varies from year to year but is designed to build and strengthen basic research skills and will be worth 5% of the final mark. It will replace 'question generation and review' in the course. (0) [LO 4]
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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 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour lecture) plus 7 x 2 hours laboratory classes spread across the semester plus 5 hours research participation.
- Approximately 75 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. (2015). Psychology: 5th Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
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