PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 1 Albany Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 1 core unit in the Neuroscience; Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 1 elective
- This unit introduces students to the broad scope of psychology, with a particular emphasis on the brain and how it relates to basic learning processes, memory, thinking and perception. It provides an overview of those central topics and the links between them. The unit is taught through a coordinated series of lectures and laboratory tutorials and makes use of online materials.
- Students are able to (1) understand the nature of some important psychological processes, how they are measured, and their relation to brain function; (2) understand the basic principles of psychological measurement and experimental design; (3) collect and describe data relevant to psychological questions and draw appropriate inferences from such data; (4) write research reports relevant to psychological issues in the format appropriate for psychological science (American Psychological Association style); and (5) understand and use the language of psychology appropriately.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) participation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Jason Bell
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week (6 weeks face to face, 6 weeks online)
- Unit Outline
- Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They also require to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.