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Coffs Harbour Session 1 Session 1
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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, and complements BHS11002: Introduction to Psychology 2, which is focussed on the social milieu. It provides students with an introduction to the scientist-practitioner model of training and education in psychology, and the interplay between fundamental science and the promotion of psychological health.

Unit content

The science and practice of psychology
Biological bases of behaviour
The nature of consciousness
Learning
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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 accurately retain information acquired through self-managed reading and note taking of material presented in an introductory-level text in psychology
2 express an understanding of material presented in lecture format, through active listening, note-taking and enquiry
3 relate ideas and concepts across different topic areas in psychology and levels of systems analysis.

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

  1. accurately retain information acquired through self-managed reading and note taking of material presented in an introductory-level text in psychology
    • GA4:
  2. express an understanding of material presented in lecture format, through active listening, note-taking and enquiry
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. relate ideas and concepts across different topic areas in psychology and levels of systems analysis.
    • GA1:

Prescribed texts

  • 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: 978-01702114681.

  • 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: 978-01702114681.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.