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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 areas concerned with the study of the person in a societal context: social psychology (especially the role of attitudes and their relationship with behaviour); the central features and development of personality; and the study of psychological disorders and their causes (abnormal psychology).

Unit content

This unit is based upon a total of 150 hours of student learning inclusive of reading, completion of Study Guide exercises, independent student learning, essay preparation, and preparation for the final exam. This unit has been organised into eight topics that correspond to the following chapters in your textbook: Chapters 16, 14, 15, 12, and 10. The material requires critical thinking and consideration of cultural perspectives in applied areas. The Study Guide provides a means of organising your study in such a way as to ensure that these goals are met.

Topic 1. Person perception, attitudes and attributional process
Topic 2. Conformity, obedience and behaviour in groups
Topic 3. Psychological disorders: Myths, realities and controversies
Topic 4. Treatments for psychological disorders
Topic 5. The nature of personality and psychodynamic trait and humanistic approaches to personality
Topic 6. Behavioural and biological perspectives on personality
Topic 7. Motivational theories, concepts and achievement
Topic 8. The elements of emotional experience and assessing emotions.

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

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
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    • GA5:
  2. apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. demonstrate an understanding of core topics in the discipline
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    • GA4:
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  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practise of psychology
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. write effectively in a variety of other formats for a variety of purposes
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  7. demonstrate understanding of and respect for social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual and gender diversity.
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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 teaching periods.