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Trimester 1 (B, CBD, G, W, X), Trimester 2 (X), Trimester 3 (CBD, X) (2010-2011)
M Hooley (B)
Trimester 3 2010-2011 P Wig (S)
6 hours per fortnight: 1 x 2 hour lecture (or equivalent) per week, 1 x 2 hour practical (or equivalent) per fortnight
|Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.|
The central theme of this unit is to introduce the different aspects of the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. The unit begins with a history of the evolution of psychology as a discipline. We explore the fundamental questions that motivate the field and the major milestones in the development of psychology as a recognised scientific discipline. In this context, we provide an overview of the scientific method and its relevance to psychological research, and we discuss ethics and other key issues that arise in the process of acquiring and applying knowledge in this way. The unit then reviews the current state of knowledge in the field. First, we provide an overview of three theoretical approaches to understanding behaviour; these include biological bases of behaviour, how we make sense of the world and how we learn, remember, process and communicate information about ourselves and our environment. We look at the influence of in-built drives and the influence of culture on our motivation to behave in certain ways. This leads us into a discussion of forensic psychology and how we might understand offender behaviour. We also examine the role of stress in human behaviour and the physical and psychological health consequences of chronic stress. The unit provides an introduction to the application of psychology across different fields.
Examination (2 hours) 50%, assignment (1500 words) 40%, group presentation (approximately 10 minutes) 10%
Gazzaniga, M., Heatherton, T., & Halpern, D. (2009). Psychological Science (3rd ed.). New York: Norton & Co.
Lewandowski, G. W. (2009). Psychological Science: Study Guide (3rd ed.) New York: Norton & Co
Burton, L. (2009). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology (3rd ed.). Milton Qld: Wily & Sons.
*Please note that the prescribed texts are available in package form from campus bookshops. The same package is used in HPS121.
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