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.

Availability

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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

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.

Syllabus

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY101 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Basics of apa quiz
5
2
Nature vs. nurture essay
30
3
Online test
25
4
Research participation or alternative task
0
5
Final exam
40

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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