PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (8)

This subject introduces the general field of psychology, its scientific and professional development. It examines some important areas of psychology including learning, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality, health psychology and psychological disorders.

The subject is specifically designed for students who contemplate careers in health and human services.

Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited major in psychology.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY111. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Students completing an accredited major in Psychology should not enrol in this subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to understand and recount key concepts and theories in the discipline of psychology which are relevant to health and human services.
  • Be able to apply academic skills developed throughout the subject including: sourcing, reading and evaluating scientific research articles and academic literature; academic writing; referencing; and critical thinking.
  • Be able to apply psychological theories and concepts to relevant issues and real world situations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Learning and Behaviour
  • Human Development
  • The subject will also cover some of the following topics:
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Mind, Consciousness and Alternate States
  • Memory
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Intelligence and Intelligence Assessment
  • Motivation
  • Emotion, Stress and Health
  • Understanding Human Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Social Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology


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.