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Psychology: Introduction 1A

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Arts

Coordinators(s)

Ms Daniella Rafaely

Offered

South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester B 2018 (On-campus)

Co-requisites

AZA1020

Prohibitions

PSY1011, WEL1320, WEL1340, BHS1320, BHS1340, GSC1306, GSC1307, APY1910, PSS1711, PSS1712

Notes

The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).

Synopsis

Introducing the student to the science of psychology, topics to be studied include human behaviour and the biological bases thereof; personality; an introduction to theories of learning and development; sensation and perception; and an introduction to the historical origins of the discipline. Contributions of South African psychologists to these topics will be delineated and the South African and African history of psychology will be explored. Laboratory classes enhance students’ understanding of the lecture material. and provide training in research techniques.

Outcomes

On completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Describe key historical and philosophical developments which have resulted into the modern discipline of psychology.
  2. Discuss the contributions of key South Africans to the international development of psychology.
  3. Define key concepts in the following topics: biological psychology, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, personality, and learning.
  4. Appraise the need for an objective understanding of human behaviour.
  5. Write technical reports and documents.
  6. Build critical arguments.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 50% + Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Daniella Rafaely

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychology – South Africa

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