PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1 (8)

This subject, along with Foundations of Psychology 2, provides a thorough introduction to psychology. Foundations 1 subject includes philosophical, historical, theoretical and methodological backgrounds to psychology as well as a range of content areas. For each topic, fundamental principles, theories, methods and research findings are studied. Students are also given practical experience in writing in psychology.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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 an 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 and understanding of  the structure of a scientific psychological report and academic essay
  • 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.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and methodological backgrounds to psychology
  • - biological bases to behaviour
  • - sensation and perception
  • - varieties of consciousness
  • - learning
  • - human memory
  • - language and thought
  • - intelligence and psychological testing
  • - basic research methods
  • - presentation of written material in APS style


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.