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HPS121 - Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: H Bereznicki

Trimester 2: H Bereznicki

Trimester 3 2014: B Wilkie


Contact hours:

2 hours (1 x 1 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar or equivalent) per week


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.


Following on from the biological underpinning of psychology in HPS111, HPS121 focuses on the science of the human individual in context. Different theoretical perspectives of psychological concepts relating to how we function as individuals in a social world are contrasted and evaluated throughout the unit.

We begin by looking at how we - as both biological and social beings - develop throughout the lifespan as we explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences. Various theoretical perspectives are applied to explore what makes up our individual personalities, and how personality is assessed. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing is considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed.  We then examine the power of situational, societal, and cultural influences on behaviour.

The HPS121 teaching team aim to deliver challenging and fascinating psychological concepts in a way that you can apply to your own personal experiences, future study and career. In the class series, the unit will incorporate the content areas of HPS121 into a holistic understanding of the interactions and relationships between the topics, all within the context of psychology as a scientific discipline. The seminar series will enable you to develop real-world applied skills that will help you work through the unit as well as expose you to some of the processes involved in working as an allied health professional. The assessment tasks are designed to help you develop industry-related skills and knowledge.

Though the unit content and assessments have been designed to help you broaden your understanding and skills developed in HPS111, HPS121 has been constructed so that students may do the two units in either order, or do either unit individually.


Laboratory report (2000 words) 35%, content roadmap (3 x concept maps) 30%, multiple choice examination (1.5 hours) 35%

Prescribed texts

Passer, M.W. & Smith, R.E. (2013). Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour (Australian ed.). North Ryde: McGraw-Hill.

Connect Access Card (McGraw-Hill).

Taines, C. (2012). A practical guide to writing psychology (2"d ed.). North Ryde: McGraw-Hill.

*Please note that the prescribed texts are available in package form from campus bookshops, and are the same texts used in HPS111.

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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