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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 express an understanding of material presented through self-managed reading, active listening, note-taking and enquiry
2 engage with previously published literature and communicate analysis through critical writing
3 identify key figures, experiments and models of behaviour from the history of the discipline.

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:
    • GA4:
  2. engage with previously published literature and communicate analysis through critical writing
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. identify key figures, experiments and models of behaviour from the history of the discipline.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Bernstein, DA, Pooley, JA, Cohen, L, Gouldthorp, B, Provost, SC & Cranney, J, 2018, Psychology: Australian and New Zealand edition , 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170386302.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.