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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.

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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, D, Pooley, J, Cohen, L, Gouldthorp, B, Provost, S & Cranney, J, 2018, Psychology (Australian and New Zealand edition), 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0170386302.
  • 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.