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PSYC4101 Psychology Foundations: Mind and Brain

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
This unit introduces students to the broad scope of psychological science, with a particular emphasis on the functioning of the brain, learning processes, memory, thinking and perception. It provides an overview of those central topics and the links between them. Students will learn how to collect, analyse, and interpret scientific data on these topics, linking their findings to specific contexts through reflection. The unit is taught through a coordinated series of lectures and laboratory tutorials and makes use of online materials.
Students are able to (1) explain the nature of the psychological processes involved in learning, memory, thinking, and perception, how they are measured, and their relation to brain function; (2) identify the principles of psychological measurement and experimental design; (3) collect data relevant to psychological questions; (4) describe data relevant to psychological questions; (5) draw appropriate inferences from data relevant to psychological questions; (6) report research relevant to psychological issues in the format appropriate for psychological science; (7) use the language of psychology appropriately; and (8) appraise the principles and implications of psychological research related to learning, memory, thinking, perception, and the functioning of the brain, in specific applied contexts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lab report; (2) exam; and (3) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisette Kanse
Unit rules
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.