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HPS111 - Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Michael Do

Trimester 2: Michael Do

Trimester 3: Gillian Clark






Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) class and 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminar per week


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This introductory unit explores the fundamental biological underpinning of human psychology. This includes the genetic and neurological bases of behaviour, including how these processes are influenced by various environmental factors. It explores the processes that make us human, ranging from primitive and adaptive functions, such as motivation and emotion, to higher order concepts such as intelligence. The unit explores the notion of consciousness and what it means to think, and how memory and learned experiences influence who we are and how we behave. The focus is primarily on the individual elements that contribute to our understanding of human behaviour. The content is designed to allow students to reflect on their own experience with the world, and to encourage them to derive meaning from understanding the psychological processes at play. The seminar series reinforces understanding of these content areas, but from a context that emphasises the rigorously scientific nature of psychology as a discipline. The assessment tasks are designed to help students to develop industry-related skills and knowledge, as well as engaging in empathy training. The seminar series help students to develop the real-world applied skills that are necessary for success in the unit and for work as an allied health professional.


Assessment task 1: Deconstructed research report (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Multiple choice examination (2 hours) 60%

Prescribed texts

Passer, Psychology 2nd Edn., + Connect Access Card, McGraw Hill.

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