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PSY1011

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Coordinator(s)

Dr Shruti Mujumdar (Australia), Dr Brendon Tagg (Malaysia)

Offered

Caulfield

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Off-campus)

Malaysia

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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.

Assessment

5 x Lecture topic quizzes (15%)
Oral paper report (video) and written summary (1,000 words) (20%)
Critical evaluation exercise (1,000 words) (15%)
Examination (2 hours) (50%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

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 successfully complete in-class activities and related assessment tasks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

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

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