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Introduction to Psychological Science (PSY141)

School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-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? 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the main perspectives, methodologies, and topic areas within the discipline of Psychology
2. Be able to use the Murdoch Library Catalogue, Findit and PsycINFO database proficiently to ensure quality research during your psychology studies
3. Be able to use correct APA style referencing
4. Be able to write an APA style psychological essay
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 12 x 1.5 hours; Tutorials: 10 x 1 hour
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to provide students with an overview of the key sub-disciplines within psychology. The information provided in lectures will be complemented by group activities and small and large group discussions in the tutorials pertaining to lecture materials. The Learning Management System (LMS) will be used as a key tool for disseminating all administrative and lecture content material to students. It is expected that students will keep up to date with announcements and material posted on LMS, as well as engage in self-directed learning whilst completing set readings for the unit.
Assessment The assessments in this unit are designed to develop student skills in research techniques, 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. A research essay forms the main assessment throughout the semester, targeted at developing students' APA writing style, APA referencing, and understanding of psychological concepts. 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. Students must also complete a specified number of participant portal hours.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
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.
Introduction to Psychological Science (PSY1411) - as for PSY141 except as follows
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal
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? 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the main perspectives, methodologies, and topic areas within the discipline of Psychology
2. Be able to use the Murdoch Library Catalogue, Findit and PsycINFO database proficiently to ensure quality research during your psychology studies
3. Be able to use correct APA style referencing
4. Be able to write an APA style psychological essay
Timetabled Learning Activities (12 weeks x 4 hours face-to-face learning per teaching week)
1 x 2-hour Lecture per week
1 x 1-hour Tutorial per week
1 x 1-hour Workshop per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to provide students with an overview of the key sub-disciplines within psychology. The information provided in lectures will be complemented by group activities and small and large group discussions in the tutorials pertaining to lecture materials. The Learning Management System (LMS) will be used as a key tool for disseminating all administrative and lecture content material to students. It is expected that students will keep up to date with announcements and material posted on LMS, as well as engage in self-directed learning whilst completing set readings for the unit.
Assessment The assessments in this unit are designed to develop student skills in research techniques, 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. A research essay forms the main assessment throughout the semester, targeted at developing students' APA writing style, APA referencing, and understanding of psychological concepts. 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. Students must also complete a specified number of participant portal hours.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Diploma of Psychological Studies [New in 2019]
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
PSY141
Dr Andrea Steele
Lecturer (Teaching Scholar)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7453
e: Andrea.Steele@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.010 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PSY141

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Andrea Steele
Lecturer (Teaching Scholar)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7453
e: Andrea.Steele@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.010 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
PSY1411

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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