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Introduction to Psychological Science (PSY141)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The psychological sciences seek to explore and understand the realms of human behaviour, emotion and thought using scientific methods that allow us to pose and answer questions about ourselves and our societies. Do IQ tests really measure intelligence? Why can I see colours? What causes schizophrenia? Why are some people intolerant of others? These and many other questions are addressed in modern scientific psychology. This unit provides an introduction to the discipline of psychology for students from any discipline.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Assessment The assessments in this unit are designed to develop student skills in research techniques and finding psychological resources, writing essays in psychology, and using APA referencing style. Students should expect ongoing feedback from their tutors regarding their progress in the unit and progress on assessments, as well as individualised feedback on submitted work. The final exam will form a major part of the assessment for this unit and will assess student learning from lectures, tutorials, and from readings over the course of the semester.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Developmental Psychology
Health Psychology
Organisational Psychology
Social and Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Sport Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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