PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2 (8)


Together, the two subjects PSY101 and PSY102 provide a thorough introduction to psychology. PSY102 complements Foundations of Psychology 1 by introducing students to the groundwork of the discipline and completing their understanding of the range of topics studied by psychologists. For each topic, fundamental principles, theories, methods, and research findings are studied. Students are also given practical experience in correlational research in psychology.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY102
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

be able to demonstrate familiarity with the nature of psychology as a discipline and a profession

be able to demonstrate and understanding of  the historical development of psychological theories

be able to explain the major theories of psychology

be able to analyse contemporary issues from a psychological perspective

be able to describe the procedures of psychological scientific inquiry

be able to apply a range of psychological theories, principles, and research findings to various situations

be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a scientific psychological report

be able to evaluate and write a research report in journal article format

be able to use descriptive and basic inferential statistics in a research report

be able to demonstrate an understanding of individual and cultural differences

be able to identify ethical issues in research and practice

be able to explain the social and cultural influences in the development of psychological theories and practice

be able to critically reflect on the research process.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- the historical, theoretical, and methodological backgrounds to psychology - life-span development - social psychology - health psychology - motivation - emotion - personality - psychological disorders and therapies - Psychology and culture - basic research methods - statistics - presentation of empirical research findings


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.