Year No. Offer Mode Description Cred. Pts 98 69100 S3 X FOUNDATION PSYCHOLOGY 1.00
Before students study in detail the component areas and special techniques of psychology, they need to have an overall perspective of the scope, nature and methods of psychology, and where it fits into the broader fields of knowledge and science. Likewise, they must understand the major concepts of psychology and become familiar with some of the techniques used. This unit is designed to provide this perspective, understanding and facility.
This unit is designed to provide an overall perspective of the scope, nature, and methods of psychology, and its place in the broader fields of knowledge and science. The major concepts and areas of psychology which are treated in depth in later units are introduced.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- What is psychology? 7.70 - defining psychology - schools of psychological thought - careers in psychology - ethics in psychological research - methods of psychological inquiry
- Developmental Psychology 7.70 - approaches to child development - prenatal development & the newborn - infancy and childhood - intellectual, moral and social development - adolescence - adulthood - aging
- States of consciousness 7.70 - analysing consciousness - sleep and dreaming - biofeedback, hypnosis and meditation - psychoactive drugs
- Learning 7.70 - Pavlovian or classical conditioning - operant conditioning - cognitive learning
- Memory 7.70 - approaches to memory - sensory memory - short-term memory - long-term memory - forgetting
- Cognitive psychology 7.70 - concept formation - reasoning and decision making - problem solving - language and language acquisition
- Motivation 7.70 - biologically-based motives - learned motives - cognitive & humanistic approaches - hunger and eating - sexual behaviour - achievement motivation
- Intelligence 7.70 - What is intelligence? - principles of test development - three important intelligence tests - testing controversies - giftedness and mental retardation
- Personality 7.70 - psychoanalytic theory - humanistic approaches - trait & type theories - behavioural approaches - cognitive approaches - psychological assessment
- Emotion, Stress and health 7.70 - emotion - stress - coping - health psychology
- Psychological disorders 7.70 - what is abnormal behaviour? - anxiety, somatoform and dissociative disorders - personality and sexual disorders - mood disorders - schizophrenia
- Approaches to treatment 7.70 - the diversity of therapy - psychodynamic therapy - humanistic therapy - behaviour therapy - cognitive therapy - group therapy - community psychology - biologically based therapies
- Social Psychology 7.70 - attitudes - social cognition - prosocial behaviour - social facilitation and social loafing
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ACTIVITY HOURS Private Study 113 Assessments 58
No *F/S Marks Due Description Wtg(%) LBL WWW 1 S 40.00 18/12/98 ESSAY 40.00 Y N 2 S 15.00 18/01/99 ACTIVITY LOG 15.00 Y N 3 S 90.00 END S3 2.5 HR MULTIPLE CHOICE CLOSED BOOK EXAM 45.00 N N
1 In accordance with University policy and Guidelines, 1.1 an Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances; 1.2 no assignments will be accepted for assessment purposes after assignments or model solutions have been released except in extenuating circumstances; 1.3 assignments submitted after the due date without any extenuating circumstances will attract a penalty of 10% of the assignment mark for each working day late; 1.4 students who submit an assignment after the due date and wish to claim extenuating circumstances, must provide documentary evidence with the assignment explaining the circumstances; 1.5 the unit examiner shall consider a claim for extenuating circumstances and decide on the outcome; 1.6 the decision of the Dean shall be final in any dispute that may arise in the implementation of these guidelines. 2 Students must make a genuine attempt to complete each piece of assessment in order to pass the unit, though they do not necessarily have to pass each piece of assessment. The pass mark will be 60%. Other grades will be awarded using a normal distribution.