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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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. This unit lays the foundation for Introduction to Psychology II, which is focussed on the social milieu.

Unit content

The nature of consciousness:

  • Levels and states of consciousness
  • Sleeping and dreaming
  • Psychoactive drugs

Biological bases of behaviour:

  • Basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
  • Core structure and function of the central nervous system
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Neuroplasticity

Stress, coping and health:

  • Understanding stress and stress responses
  • Health psychology
  • The promotion of healthy behaviour

Learning:

  • The role of learning in behaviour
  • Reward and punishment
  • Modification of behaviour

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
1express an understanding of material presented through self-managed reading, active listening, note-taking and enquiryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2engage with previously published literature and communicate analysis through critical writingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3identify key figures, experiments and models of behaviour from the history of the discipline. Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. express an understanding of material presented through self-managed reading, active listening, note-taking and enquiry
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. engage with previously published literature and communicate analysis through critical writing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. identify key figures, experiments and models of behaviour from the history of the discipline.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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