• Class Number 6164
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Charlie Crimston
    • AsPr Boris Bizumic
    • Dr Charlie Crimston
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Required Resources

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. (2018). Psychology: 5th Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

In order to help manage workload where full-time students are enrolled in 4 courses, a guide is that a 6 unit course should require on average 10 hours of work a week (including lectures and laboratory classes PLUS preparing for and revising lectures, readings). IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALL STUDENTS WILL ATTEND LECTURES EACH WEEK (3-hours each week), as well as 7 x 2 hours laboratory classes. Research shows students learn BEST and achieve higher marks when they attend lectures and revise and review the material afterwards. The laboratory program is not designed necessarily to follow the lecture program but to further develop certain knowledge, concepts and skills in a small-group teaching setting. 

The University is returning to on campus teaching delivery for all in person courses, for all students, in the second half 2023. Remote adjustments will not be offered from the 1st of July, 2023 and international students will be required to be on campus studying in-person.  

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1Lecture: Introduction to PSYC1004 & Social PsychologyLecture: Social Psychology: Social InfluenceLab: No laboratory class
2 Week 2Lecture: Social Psychology: Social InfluenceLecture: Social Psychology: Stereotyping & PrejudiceLab: No laboratory class
3 Week 3Lecture: Social Psychology: Stereotyping & PrejudiceLecture: Social Psychology: Attitudes, Norms & BehaviourLab: Laboratory 1: Milgram Obedience Study
4 Week 4Lecture: Social Psychology: Attitudes, Norms & BehaviourLecture: Social Psychology: Cross-cultural PsychologyLab: Laboratory 2: Minimal Group Paradigm & Reading research articles
  • Students encouraged to complete Peerwise: Social Psychology
5 Week 5Lecture: Biological Psychology: Introduction to Biological Psychology & History Lecture: Biological Psychology: Neurons, & Glia - How the body communicates.Lab: Laboratory 3: Research Essay Writing
6 Week 6Lecture: Biological Psychology: Action potential propertiesLecture: Biological Psychology: Synaptic Transmissions and PharmacologyLab: No laboratory class
  • Mid-Semester Assessment (Week 6: date and time TBA)
  • Students encouraged to complete research participation
7 Week 7Lecture: Biological Psychology: Functional Neuroanatomy 1Lecture: Biological Psychology: Functional Neuroanatomy 2Lab: Laboratory 4: Interactive approach to Neurons & applied understanding
8 Week 8Lecture: Biological Psychology: Clinical Disorders 1Lecture: Biological Psychology: Clinical Disorders 2Lab: Laboratory 5: Neuroanatomy & applied understanding
  • Research Essay Due 4pm 26/9/2023
  • Students encouraged to complete Peerwise: Biological Psychology
9 Week 9Lecture: Personality Psychology: Introduction and Research MethodsLecture: Personality Psychology: Introduction and Research Methods/ Trait Theory        Lab: No laboratory class
  • Students encouraged to complete research participation
10 Week 10Lecture: Personality Psychology: Trait Theory  Lecture: Personality Psychology: Behaviourism and Social-Cognitive Theories   Lab: No laboratory class
  • Students encouraged to complete research participation
11 Week 11Lecture: Personality Psychology: Freud's Theory of Personality    Lecture: Personality Psychology: Psychodynamic and Phenomenological Theories    Lab: Laboratory 6: Assessing Famous Personalities

12 Week 12Lecture: Personality Psychology: Narcissism, Psychopathy, and MachiavellianismLecture: Personality Psychology: Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism Summary & ReviewLab: Laboratory 7: Psychopathy
  • Students encouraged to complete Peerwise: Personality Psychology

Tutorial Registration

Registration is via MyTimetable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Research Essay 30 % 26/09/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Question Generation and Review 5 % * 1,2,3,4
Research Participation 5 % * 1,2,3,4
Mid Semester Assessment 20 % * 1,4
End of Semester Exam 40 % * 2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The University is returning to on campus only delivery for in person courses.

Remote adjustments will not be offered from the 1st July 2023 and international students will be required to be on campus studying in person. 



For approved dictionaries in accordance with ANU Policies, see link http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/assessment-arrangements-for-students-from-language.

Students need to obtain an overall mark of 50 to pass the course. Those failing to achieve this, but who otherwise have an overall grade of 45% or better, will be offered the opportunity to sit, and pass, a further (supplementary) invigilated examination.

Students achieving a passing grade (50% or better) in that supplementary invigilated examination will be eligible to pass the course overall but their final recorded course mark will be 50%. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 26/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

You will be asked to write a research essay answering a question from one of the three areas of the course. The essay will be 1500 words in length and needs to be formatted using the guidelines set out by the American Psychological Association (APA). The essay topics and starting references will be made available on the PSYC1004 Wattle site. Information about how to write a research essay, as well as the marking criteria, will be discussed and outlined in Laboratory Class 3; this information will also be placed on the PSYC1004 Wattle site.

Value: 30% of your final grade.

Due date: Week 8.

Estimated assignment return date: 3 weeks from the submission date


Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Question Generation and Review

People are better at remembering things when they generate the content themselves compared to when it is generated for them. Therefore, we want you to generate some revision questions and answers.

For each topic (social, biological, and personality psychology) you are to use Peerwise to:

-         Generate 2 revision questions based on material covered.

-         Comment on 3 questions created by your peers.

This can be used for your own revision leading up to the exams for this course.

More details regarding how to use Peerwise can be found on the PSYC1004 wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Participation

There are two options that you can take to complete the research participation component. Students can exclusively take up Option 1 or Option 2, but can also choose to do a combination of both (i.e. complete three hours of research participation through Option 1 and two hours through Option 2). A total of 5 hours of research participation through either option must be completed.

Option 1. You can participate in five hours of ongoing psychological research here in the Research School of Psychology. In this manner, you can experience first-hand what real psychological research is like. And you can be part of new and ongoing research projects, designed to further our understanding of human thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. As with participation in your formal laboratory classes, we believe this is a good opportunity for you to broaden your education and, in doing so, contribute to research that may lead to publication and impact on the field.

If you choose Option 1 for this component, please use the SONA link on the PSYC1004 Wattle site to sign up for experiments.

Option 2. In lieu of the any one of the five hours of research participation, you can read one published psychology journal article, and complete a summary questionnaire about it. This exercise will allow you to learn about some important scientific discoveries in psychology. If you choose this option, please see wattle site for more information. For each article you read, you must then answer questions in an on-line format. As a rule of thumb, one article should take one hour to read and summarise, and should therefore equate to one hour of research participation. Word limit (where applicable): Approximately 400 words per hour for Option 2

Estimated return date:

Option 1: credit will be granted upon completion of each experiment;

Option 2: credit will be granted at the end of semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Mid Semester Assessment

The mid-semester assessment will focus on social psychology content and will be held during Week, Date and Time TBA

The exam will be multiple choice questions.

Word limit (where applicable):NA

Value: 20% of your final grade

Presentation requirements: NA

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

End of Semester Exam

The end-semester examination will focus on biological and personality psychology content, and will be held during the end-semester examination period (date TBA).

The exam will be multiple choice questions

Word limit (where applicable):NA

Value: 40% of your final grade

Presentation requirements: NA

Estimated return date: Exams are not returned.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Research Essays that have been submitted on time will be marked and available to download from the Turnitin link on Wattle, approximately three weeks after the due date. The exact return date will be posted on Wattle. Late assignments (even those with formal extensions) will not be marked within this timeframe; our priority will be to mark the assignments that were handed in on time. We will aim to get the late assignments back before the end of semester. Marking of the late reports will commence once all on-time Laboratory Reports have been marked and returned.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments (for remark): From the time your assignment is made available on Wattle, you have two weeks in which to request a formal re-mark if you so choose. There is a standard procedure for requesting a re-mark within Psychology. When you get your assignment back, read through the comments and look at the mark. If you think your assignment deserves a higher mark, you need to meet with your marker and tell that person in writing why you feel you deserve a higher mark (the marker’s contact details can be obtained from the Course Coordinator). Based on your reasoning, your marker will then decide to alter your mark or not.

If you remain unhappy with the marker’s decision, you can formally request a re-mark by contacting the PSYC1004 Teaching Assistant, in which case a new independent marker will be assigned. The mark awarded by the second marker for your assessment becomes your final mark, regardless of whether it is higher, lower or the same as your original mark.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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