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HPS121 - Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Unit details

Year2016 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: Brian Wilkie
Trimester 2: TBA
Trimester 3: Jacqueline Mills





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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


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.


Assessment task 1: Laboratory report (2000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Multiple choice examination (2 hours) 60%

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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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