PSYC101 Introductory Psychology I

Updated: 06 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC100
Notes None
Combined Units None
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: an introduction to the science of Psychology; research methods; biological bases of behaviour; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning and conditioning; memory; motivation and emotion; and lifespan development.

Prescribed Material

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.

Bundle including Psychology 5E ANZ and An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology 4E

ISBN: 9780730369677
Burton, L.J. et al., John Wiley & Sons 5th ed. 2019

Note: `This book bundle is also available as a digital bundle (ISBN: 9780730369684). This package includes two books - 'Psychology', 5th ed. Australian and New Zealand Edition by Burton, L. J., Westen, D. and Kowalski, R. (ISBN: 9780730363262 [print book], ISBN: 9780730355397 [eBook]) and 'An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology', 4th ed. by Burton, L. J. (ISBN: 9780730363903 [print book], ISBN: 9780730359784 [eBook]) which can be purchased separately if desired.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 35% 1200
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 4, 5 and 6

Laboratory Work 5% 200
Assessment Notes

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

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Online End-Trimester Quiz 5% 200
Assessment Notes

End-Trimester assessment: Multiple choice, matching exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Online Mid-Trimester Quiz 5% 200
Assessment Notes

Online Mid-trimester assessment: Multiple choice, matching exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

Multiple choice

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1- 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the nature of psychology as a scientific discipline and the historical and philosophical background of the major perspectives of psychology (eg behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural);
  2. apply the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to explain psychological phenomena, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  3. develop foundation knowledge in the following core topics in Psychology: a) biological bases of behaviour, b) consciousness, c) lifespan development, d) learning, e) memory and cognition, f) sensation and perception, and g) motivation and emotion;
  4. review and examine the different research methods used by psychologists and identify the utility and shortcomings of several types (descriptive research, correlational research, experimental research) of research methods;
  5. develop and apply critical thinking skills in evaluating psychological literature and questioning claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions; and
  6. correctly employ the American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions in the formation of written essays.