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PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology

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Examiner: Yong Goh
Moderator: Nola Passmore


Pre-requisite: PSY1010

Other requisites

Recommended pre-requisites: PSY1020 and STA2300. Email and internet access to UConnect.


This course introduces students to the scientific study of social behaviour, and to the processes of assessment, empirical research and report writing essential for social psychology.


Social psychology is introduced as the study of social behaviour at multiple levels from individual processes through to community-level social phenomena. Basic concepts of social psychology are introduced (e.g., socialisation, self-esteem, altruism, aggression, attitudes, communication, interpersonal relationships, prejudice, group processes, cultural issues, leadership and social influence). Applied skills relevant to assessment and research relevant to this field of psychology are also covered (e.g., assessing social phenomena, collecting data in an ethical way and writing research reports in a style suitable for psychology). Students will also require email and internet access to USQConnect for this course.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify major theories relating to social processes of behaviour at the level of individuals, groups and communities
  2. explain the effects of social influences on individuals and groups across a variety of social settings
  3. assess, analyse and interpret social phenomena using different methods relevant to the field of social psychology
  4. demonstrate understanding of social psychological research methods , including the collection of data in an ethical way and the writing of research reports in a style suitable for the field of social psychology.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Social processes of behaviour: Definitions, cultural considerations, and the social self. 8.33
2. Socialisation, social cognition, and attribution theory. 8.33
3. Environmental psychology. 8.33
4. Language and communication. 8.33
5. Attitudes and attitude change. 8.33
6. Affiliation, attraction, and loneliness. 8.33
7. Love, marriage, and family issues. 8.33
8. Aggression. 8.33
9. Prosocial behaviour. 8.33
10. Groups, leadership and group decision-making. 8.33
11. Social influence 8.33
12. Intergroup behaviour, prejudice and discrimination. 8.37

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Burton, LJ 2010, An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.
    (N.B. Earlier editions of this book cannot be used as the 3rd edition incorporates the latest style.)
  • Vaughan, G & Hogg, M 2011, Introduction to social psychology, 6th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
    (Students will be able to find most of the information in the 5th edition, though some concepts are only covered in the 6th edition. Students should also be aware that if they purchase their textbook from a source outside Australia, it may be a different version and the page numbers may be different.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Dunn, DS 2009, Research methods for social psychology, Wiley-Blackwell, UK.
  • Other reference materials, including information relating to the practical report, are included in the Selected Readings which can be accessed from the course home page.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 68.00
Lectures 39.00
Private Study 63.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DATA COLLECTION 2 2 09 Mar 2012
RESEARCH REPORT 40 40 23 Apr 2012
2 HR RESTRICTED EXAM (M/C) 72 58 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students are also strongly advised to regularly access the course home page via their Study Desk on UConnect.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There are no deferred or supplementary exams in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students who do not qualify for a Passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have achieved the required standard. It is expected that such students will have gained at least 45% of the total marks available for all summative assessment items.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  4. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  6. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  8. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

  9. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  10. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

  11. Topics may vary somewhat in the Springfield course and the Examiner will alert students to any changes.

Other requirements

  1. Email and internet access to UConnect.