Unit aim

Introduces four fundamental areas of psychology: biological psychology, quantitative methods, learning, and intelligence. It focuses on the biological basis and learned aspects of behaviours and cognition. The scientific methodology of psychology is introduced, along with foundations of quantitative data analysis. The unit complements Introduction to Psychology II.

Unit content

Topic 1 The science of psychology
Module 1 Biological bases of behaviour (Objectives 1&2)
Topic 2 The brain, behaviour and evolution
Topic 3 Communication and organisation of the nervous system
Module 2 Introduction to quantitative methods (Objectives 3&4)
Topic 4 Science method and experiments
Topic 5 Correlational designs, evaluation of research and ethics
Module 3 Learning (Objectives 5&6)
Topic 6 Classical conditioning
Topic 7 Operant conditioning
Module 4 Intelligence and psychological testing (Objective 7)
Topic 8 Testing and the measurement of intelligence
Topic 9 The nature-nurture debate and IQ - social and cultural issues

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older/newer versions are fine to use: Weiten, W, 2013, Psychology: Themes and Variations, 9th edn, Thomson. ISBN: 9781111354749.

Session 3

  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older/newer versions are fine to use: Weiten, W, 2013, Psychology: Themes and Variations, 9th edn, Thomson. ISBN: 9781111354749.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Exam: closed book60%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Exam: closed book60%
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