• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kate Reynolds
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Essay (35) [LO 5]
  3. Research Participation (5) [LO 4]
  4. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. The HPO assessment varies from year to year but is designed to build and strengthen basic research skills and will be worth 8% of the final mark. It will replace quizzes 5 and 6 in the course. (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

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-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. (2015). Psychology: 5th Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

Majors

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
6529 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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