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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Bernstein et al., 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

Coffs Harbour

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


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

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Fee information


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