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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst 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


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.