1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Examination 35%, assignment(s), on-line participation, research participation, tutorial participation
Topic description

This topic introduces students to several further key areas in psychology. These may include perception, learning, individual differences and abnormal psychology. The major aspects of human activity relevant to these areas and the processes that produce these 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; a wider knowledge of basic features of behavioural research; the ability to produce a written research report and the ability to read, in a discerning manner, research produced by others.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide a knowledge base from a number of fields in psychology
  • Empower students to be discerning consumers and analysers of information
  • The purpose of the lectures is to identify and explain the key concepts, research findings and theories in a variety of fields in psychology and to model the ways in which psychologists analyse and evaluate these materials. The substantive lectures in this topic provide brief surveys of four fields: abnormal psychology, individual differences, social psychology and perception
  • The tutorials aim to equip students to be discerning consumers of information relating to psychology and to allow students to observe psychological principles in action (by participating in demonstrations and simulations)
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of psychology research and their application for solving real-world problems
  2. Write and justify hypotheses based on the interpretation of psychological research
  3. Write a research report that interprets and discusses the findings of a psychological study

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.