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PSY1022

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway October intake 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sean Cain

Synopsis

Psychology is a scientific discipline which spans a diverse range of areas. This unit introduces you to a small selection of areas, including:

  • Social psychology: how other people and the social environment influence how we think and behave - e.g., conformity, aggression, stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Cognitive psychology: the exploration of internal mental processes - e.g., the fallible nature of memory, how it works and is influenced by others.
  • Abnormal psychology: what happens when our thoughts, feelings, or behaviour cause distress, and interfere with our ability to function - e.g., depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

You will also examine how psychologists acquire further knowledge and test their understanding of the way in which individuals think, feel, and behave. This will involve an introduction to research methodology (e.g., research design, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics).

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and appreciate key influences on social behaviour;
  2. Identify key types and components of memory, and appreciate the limitations of memory;
  3. Recognize and distinguish between the basic features, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia, mood, and anxiety disorders;
  4. Apply and communicate (both orally and in written form) research methods principles to evaluate data, past research studies, and to plan future research; and
  5. Demonstrate (through written and oral communication) skills in critical thinking.

Assessment

Class participation assignments/research participation: 15%
Online quizzes: 15%
Short assignment(s): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Online preparatory videos: 1 hour per week
Attendance at lectorials: 1 x 2-hour weekly

'Lectorials' are classes that replace traditional lectures and tutorials. These interactive classes provide students with an opportunity to apply and explore concepts in an active, engaging manner, whilst at the same time developing practical skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Attendance at lectorials is required in order to complete class participation assessment.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online preparatory videos: 1 hour per week
Participation in (live) online lectorials: 1 x 2-hour weekly

Online lectorials are live (i.e., real-time), web-based classes run by teaching staff that replace traditional lectures and tutorials. These interactive classes provide students with an opportunity to apply and explore concepts in an active, engaging manner, whilst at the same time developing practical skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Participation in online lectorials is required in order to complete class participation assessment. It is common practice, where possible, to schedule at least two participation options for off-campus students in each core unit of psychology.

Prohibitions

APY1910, PSS1711, PSS1712, ATS1359, ATS1840, and AZA1020.

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