PSY1011 - Psychology 1A - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Swati Mujumdar

Coordinator(s)

Dr Christopher Siva (Australia)
Dr Karim Bettache (Malaysia)

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

  • First semester 2019 (Flexible)

Clayton

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2019 (Off-campus)

Malaysia

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree

Prohibitions

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

Synopsis

This unit provides students with an introduction to the broad foundations of psychology as a scientific discipline. It begins with an exploration of psychology's historical origins.

Then, a series of core psychological topics with be introduced: concepts of health, stress and coping will be considered along with the distinguishing features of abnormal psychology and thebiological basis of behaviour.

The unit also introduces of theories of learning, memory and development, and familiarises students with key aspects of Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology. Students will also be introduced to academic writing by reporting findings through reading journal articles.

Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key historical and philosophical developments which have resulted in the modern discipline of psychology;
  2. Compare and contrast intercultural psychology with particular focus on Australian Indigenous psychologies and mainstream psychological understandings;
  3. Develop an understanding of the neurobiological basis of psychology and its application to learning and memory;
  4. Understand how psychological abnormalities impact on development, health and stress;
  5. Communicate and critique the principles of the neurological basis of psychology and psychological abnormalities to justify research findings.

Assessment

NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 90 minutes and 10 minutes.

  • 12 x online quizzes (10%)
  • Article matrix (900 words) (Part A) (15%)
  • Oral presentation (10 minutes) (Part B) (10%)
  • Literature review (2,000 words) (Part C) (30%)
  • Examination (90 minutes) (35%)

Workload requirements

  • 1x2 hour eWorkbook per week
  • 1x2 hour Masterclass workshop per week
  • 1x2 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks
  • Plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

Students will have access to online eWorkbooks delivering core content. eWorkbooks, equivalent to lectures in other units, contain embedded videos, as well as narrative and interactive activities.

Students attend either online or on-campus tutorial classes, together with optional, recommended Masterclass workshops.

Masterclasses comprise both in-class exercises and a presentation which expands on topics covered in workbooks, to provide greater insight and highlight current research in the field. Attendance at Masterclass workshops is not compulsory. Flexible mode students may elect to participate in Masterclass workshops via live streaming.

Students are able to attend either physical tutorials on-campus, or online tutorials (i.e., virtual classes in real-time), each week.

These interactive tutorials 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. Tutorial classes are available during the day or in the evening and, whilst not compulsory, are highly recommended.

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus attendance requirements

(Applicable to Summer offering only)

  • 1x 2-hour eWorkbook per week
  • 1x 2-hour online (live) tutorial per week for 10 weeks
  • 1x 2-hour Masterclass activity per week
  • Plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week

Students will have access to online eWorkbooks for each topic of the unit. Core content, equivalent to lecture material in other units, is available in the form of videos embedded in eWorkbooks, as well as narrative and interactive activities. Students have the option to listen to recorded Masterclasses to enhance their learning.

Online tutorials are live (i.e., real-time), web-based classes. 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. Tutorial classes are available during the day or in the evening and, whilst not compulsory, are highly recommended.

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

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