Current students

Course search

Unit details

Return to previous page

HPS111 - Introduction to Psychology A

Note: You are seeing the 2013 view of this unit information. These details may no longer be current. [Go to the current version]
Enrolment modes:(B, CBD, G, W, X)
Credit point(s):1

Trimester 1 (B, CBD, G, W, X), Trimester 2 (X), Trimester 3 (X)

EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 3 2013: B Wilkie (B), Email:

Trimester 1, Trimester 2: S Horwood (W), Email:

Contact hours:

3 hours per week - 1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x 1 hour practical.

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


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 tutorial 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.


Reflective practice journal 15%, deconstructed research report (1500 words) 50%, Content roadmap 35%

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.

Return to previous page

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

8th June 2007