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PSY1011 - Psychology 1A

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Samia Toukhsati


Caulfield First semester 2009 (Evening)
Caulfield Summer semester A 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway Summer semester A 2009 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2009 (Day)


Introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. Topics include personality, the biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, an introduction to theories of learning and development, plus an introduction to the historical origins of the discipline. Laboratory classes enhance students' understanding of the lecture material and provide training in research techniques. Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off campus students.


  1. Identify key historical and philosophical developments which have results into the modern discipline of psychology;
  2. Identify key concepts in the following topics: biological psychology, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, personality, learning;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of points one and two in various assessments;
  4. Appreciate the need for an objective understanding of human behaviour;
  5. Develop skills in technical writing; and
  6. Develop skills in critical thinking and experimentation.


Laboratory work: 20%
Essay: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and a 2-hour laboratory class per fortnight

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


WEL1320, WEL1340, BHS1320, BHS1340, GSC1306, GSC1307, APY1910, PSS1711, PSS1712 and any first-level psychology units taught at Monash prior to 1998

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