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HPS111 - Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Unit details

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Year2014 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: S Horwood

Trimester 2: S Horwood

Trimester 3 2014: M Do


Contact hours:

2 hours per week - 1 x 1 hour Seminar A and 1 x 1 hour Seminar B.


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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.


Deconstructed research report (web-based assessment; 1500 words) 30%, content roadmap (3 x concept maps) 30%, multiple choice examination (2 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Passer, Psychology + Connect Access Card, McGraw Hill.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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