1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC1200 has been successfully completed
Examination, assignment(s), library exercise, on-line participation, research participation, tutorial participation.
Topic description

Psychology is the empirical study of human behaviour. The range of behaviour examined by psychologists includes both internal (mental events, emotions) and external (actions) activities. This topic introduces students to several key areas of psychology. These may include areas of developmental, physiology and social psychology. The major aspects of human activity relevant to these areas, and the processes that produce individual characteristics, will be examined.

The learning objectives of the topic are to have students develop knowledge of facts and theories about the aspects of behaviour selected for study and knowledge of basic features of behavioural research.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide an introduction to the knowledge base in a small number of fields in psychology. This knowledge base can be applied to many fields, not just psychology
  • Empower students to be discerning consumers and analysers of information

The knowledge base is conveyed in substantive lectures and required readings

  • Core skills will be reinforced in tutorials. Students will also be involved in current research
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand basic psychological principles and the research methods used to accumulate evidence in psychology
  2. Apply psychological knowledge to conceptualise, analyse, and suggest evidence-based solutions to problems involving human behaviour
  3. Evaluate the logic and evidence within psychological literature to describe complex relationships between variables