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Coffs Harbour Session 2 Session 2
Online Session 2,  3 Session 2

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 compliments. 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 develop and communicate a written plan to critically address a topic in a core area of psychology
2 develop skills to write effectively in a scientific style appropriate for psychology
3 apply critical judgement, reasoning and evidence to the understanding of a core topic covered in the unit
4 demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology

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

  1. develop and communicate a written plan to critically address a topic in a core area of psychology
    • GA6:
  2. develop skills to write effectively in a scientific style appropriate for psychology
    • GA6:
  3. apply critical judgement, reasoning and evidence to the understanding of a core topic covered in the unit
    • GA1:
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and perspectives of psychology
    • GA4:

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.