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PSYC4102 Psychology Foundations: Behaviour in Context

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
Content
This unit introduces students to the broad scope of psychology, with a particular emphasis on critical thinking, language and thinking, developmental psychology, social psychology, intelligence and personality, health and abnormal psychology. The unit provides an overview of these central topics and the links between them. Students will learn how to collect, analyse, interpret and present 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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) distinguish the major psychological constructs and phenomena relevant to critical thinking, language and thinking, developmental psychology, social psychology, intelligence, personality, and health and abnormal psychology; (2) apply the principles of a correlational research design; (3) interpret data, including correlations, relevant to psychological questions; (4) report research in the format appropriate for psychological science; (5) express the language of psychology appropriately; and (6) appraise the principles and implications of psychological research related to critical thinking, language and thinking, developmental psychology, social psychology, intelligence, personality, and health and abnormal psychology, in specific applied contexts.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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 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.
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  • 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.