PSYC102 Introductory Psychology II

Updated: 29 September 2015
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s)
Unit Description

PSYC101 and PSYC102 are the two introductory psychology units which are the prerequisites for enrolment in second year psychology units. PSYC101 and PSYC102 may be studied in either order in Trimesters 1 and 2 respectively and may be studied concurrently in Trimester 3. Together they present an introductory overview of the subject matter and methods of psychology. Topics covered in this unit comprise: data analysis; thought and language; intelligence; personality; health, stress and coping; psychological disorders; treatment of disorders; social cognition and cross-cultural psychology.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Shrink Wrapped Package(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding plus MyPsychLab Access to Experiments

ISBN: 9781486025800
Lilienfeld, S. and others, Pearson 2nd Aust. ed. 2015

Note: Package includes: Lilienfeld, S. and others, Psychology: From Understanding to Enquiry, 2nd ed. (ISBN 9781486006786) and MyPsychlab Access to Experiments (ISBN 9781486022380). Lilienfeld e-package includes an e-book of the textbook and MyPsychLab access (ISBN 9781486012176) and can be purchased or downloaded from the publisher's website: www.pearson.com.au/9781486012176. Burton (2010) e-book (ISBN 9780730308805) can be purchased and downloaded from the publisher's website: http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP003092.html.

Text refers to: Trimester 2 and 3, On and Off Campus

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology

ISBN: 9781742166490
Burton, L.J., Wiley 3rd ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2 and 3, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Laboratory Work 5%
Assessment Notes

Participation in research studies within the discipline (or alternate readings and multiple choice quiz)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 4 GA: 1 and 7

Online End-Trimester Quiz 5%
Assessment Notes

Online End-Trimester assessment: Multiple choice, matching excercises and fill-in blanks

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1-4, 6 and 7

Online Mid-Trimester Quiz 5%
Assessment Notes

Online Mid-Trimester assessment: Multiple choice, matching excercises and fill-in blanks

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1-4, 6 and 7

Research Report 35% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 3-6 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7

Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

Multiple choice

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply skills and knowledge of the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to explain psychological phenomena, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  2. demonstrate foundation knowledge of the following core topics in Psychology: a) language, thinking and reasoning, b) social psychology, c) cross-cultural psychology, d) stress, coping and health, e) intelligence, f) personality and individual differences, and g) psychological disorders and their treatment;
  3. demonstrate foundation skills of data analysis relating to psychological research, and specifically: a) identify independent and dependent variables in research design, b) describe measures of central tendency and how to calculate them, c) describe measures of dispersion and how to calculate them, d) describe the basic inferential statistical tests, and e) recognise how statistics and their presentation may be deliberately manipulated for the purposes of persuasion;
  4. independently experience and describe the empirical method as it applies to areas of psychological research;
  5. critically evaluate psychological literature and analyse, interpret, and report data using appropriate statistical strategies to address specific research hypotheses; and
  6. correctly employ the American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions in the formation of written research reports.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
1
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students are taught to understand the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core topics of psychology. These are taught through lectures and class discussions and assessed via all assessment tasks.

True True True
2
Communication Skills

Students are taught to communicate effectively in writing in accordance with the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Effective written communication is assessed through online tests and a major research report assignment.

True True True
3
Global Perspectives

Throughout the unit reference is made to international perspectives, with some sections of the unit addressing cultural variations to common psychological phenomena. This is an assessable component of the unit.

True True True
4
Information Literacy

Students learn how to assess the utility of psychological literature and critically examine these sources. This is an assessed component of the unit.

True True True
5
Life-Long Learning

The skills you acquire in this unit to identify, organise and communicate psychological information provide the basis for life-long learning.

True
6
Problem Solving

Problem-solving skills are developed and practised in online laboratory experiments and assessed in most assessment tasks.

True True True
7
Social Responsibility

Students are taught that psychological principles can be used to help address societal problems. This knowledge is assessed in all assessment tasks.

True True True
8
Team Work

Reciprocal cooperation is encouraged in online discussions and students are encouraged to form study groups and work collaboratively.

True True