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PSY2031

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Joanne Fielding

Synopsis

Continuation of first-year psychology topics: developmental psychology and biological psychology. Developmental psychology encompasses physical, cognitive, and social-emotional changes across the life span and how these are shaped by macrosystems such as culture, and microsystems such as peers and the family. Biological psychology includes states of consciousness, mental disorders and addiction, mechanisms and disorders of learning and memory, and the regulation of emotional and motivated states. The laboratory program complements the lectures, and provides further training in research techniques, report writing, oral presentations and teamwork.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. learned how human behaviour, both simple and complex, is underpinned by physiological and neural processes;

  1. acquired an understanding of the interplay between local and distal, and familial and cultural, factors in determining the course of development from birth through to old age; and

  1. developed more advanced skills in report writing.

Assessment

Examination (2 hours, multiple-choice): 45%
Biological lab report: 25%
On-line assessments: 20%
Lab attendance assessment tasks: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

The School strongly recommends attendance at lectures however, they are optional. Laboratory classes are compulsory in order to complete the assessment associated with attendance.

Off-campus attendance requirements

WESch classes are compulsory in order to complete the assessment associated with attendance. Please refer to the specific unit requirements for more detail. It is common practice, where possible, to timetable at least two WESsch options in each core unit. Sessions may be held at Clayton or Caulfield campuses.

Attendance at 1 day weekend school is highly recommended for all off-campus students.

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Co-requisites

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