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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 exercise reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 demonstrate an understanding of core topics in the discipline Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practise of psychology Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
6 write effectively in a variety of other formats for a variety of purposes Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
7 demonstrate understanding of and respect for social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual and gender diversity. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. exercise reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate an understanding of core topics in the discipline
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practise of psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. write effectively in a variety of other formats for a variety of purposes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. demonstrate understanding of and respect for social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual and gender diversity.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • A website accompanies this text, offering you a variety of useful resources including videos, simulations of experiments, material from textbook, etc.: Weiten, W, 2011, Psychology: Themes and variations, 9th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont CA.
  • O'Shea, RP, Moss, SA & McKenzie, WA, 2010, Writing for Psychology, 6th edn, Thomson Learning, Victoria.

  • A website accompanies this text, offering you a variety of useful resources including videos, simulations of experiments, material from textbook, etc.: Weiten, W, 2011, Psychology: Themes and variations, 9th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont CA.
  • O'Shea, RP, Moss, SA & McKenzie, WA, 2012, Writing for Psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: ISBN 13: 9780170214681.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.