Unit description

Introduces four central areas of psychological interest: biological bases of behaviour; the nature of consciousness; learning; and stress, coping and health. The unit focuses on the influence of biological processes and experience in the regulation of individual behaviour, and complements BHS11002: Introduction to Psychology II, which is focussed on the social milieu.

Unit content

Biological bases of behaviour
The nature of consciousness
Stress, coping and health

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

  • Bernstein et al., 2013, Psychology: an international discipline in context (Australian and NZ edition), Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0170218412.
  • O'Shea, RP & McKenzie, W, 2013, Writing for psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0170214681.
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)
Exam: closed book50%
Annotated bibliography25%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Annotated bibliography25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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