UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Neuroscience; Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Science Communication; Psychology major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Exercise and Health major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit introduces students to the broad scope of psychology, with a particular emphasis on developmental psychology, social psychology, intelligence and personality, and abnormal psychology. The unit provides an overview of these central topics and the links between them. It is taught through a coordinated series of lectures and laboratory tutorials.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the nature of some important psychological constructs and phenomena, how they are measured, and the relationships between them; (2) understand the basic principles of psychological measurement and experimental design; (3) collect and analyse data relevant to psychological questions and draw appropriate inferences from such data; (4) write research reports relevant to psychological issues in the appropriate format for psychological science; and (5) demonstrate knowledge of material covered in the textbook, and understand and use the language of psychology appropriately.
Assessment 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 Donna Bayliss
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week (6 weeks face to face, 6 weeks online)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC1102/SEM-2/2017
Note 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.