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Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Introduces three core areas of psychological science: Social Psychology; Motivation and Emotion; and Personality, focusing on the role played by the social milieu in the determination of behaviour, and complements Introduction to Psychology I, which is focussed on the regulation of individual behaviour. A further module is dedicated to assisting students develop skills in writing, critical analysis and scholarship for psychology. 

Unit content

  • Social Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Personality
  • Writing and Scholarship for Psychology

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1develop and communicate a written plan to critically address a topic in a core area of psychologyCommunication and social skills
2develop skills to write effectively in a scientific style appropriate for psychologyCommunication and social skills
3apply critical judgement, reasoning and evidence to the understanding of a core topic covered in the unit Intellectual rigour
4demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop and communicate a written plan to critically address a topic in a core area of psychology
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. develop skills to write effectively in a scientific style appropriate for psychology
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. apply critical judgement, reasoning and evidence to the understanding of a core topic covered in the unit
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Bernstein, D, Pooley, J, Cohen, L, Gouldthorp, B, Provost, S & Cranney, J, 2018, Psychology (Australian and New Zealand edition), 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0170386302.
  • O'Shea, RP & McKenzie, W, 2013, Writing for psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 978-01702114681.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (8 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Exam: closed book40%
A plan and outline for an essay20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (8 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Exam: closed book40%
A plan and outline for an essay20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Exam: closed book40%
A plan and outline for an essay20%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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