PSYC102 Introductory Psychology II

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 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
  • Trimester 2 - Coordinator : Lewis Bizo (
  • Trimester 3 - Coordinator : To be advised
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

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 2, 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
Laboratory Work 5% 200
Assessment Notes

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

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Online End-Trimester Quiz 5% 200
Assessment Notes

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

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Online Mid-Trimester Quiz 5% 200
Assessment Notes

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

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Research Report 35% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3-6

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. 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.