PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context

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 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine; Criminology major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Exercise and Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) understand and describe the major psychological constructs and phenomena relevant to the areas of psychology covered in the unit; (2) understand the basic principles of a correlational research design and how to interpret correlations; (3) interpret data relevant to psychological questions and write a research report in the appropriate format for psychological science; and (4) understand and use the language of psychology appropriately.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) active 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 Nicolas Fay and Dr Tim Kurz
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week (6 weeks face to face, 6 weeks online)
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 are also required 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 Psychological Science 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.