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ZUG1104 - Fundamentals of Psychology 1A

Undergraduate – Unit

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


Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • First Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to introduce students to the theoretical underpinnings of the science of psychology. The module explores and explains the fundamental aspects of psychology within South Africa, the African continent and internationally. The scope of the module is diverse and includes topics focusing on the history of psychology, biological bases of human behaviour and development; personality, motivation, emotion and cognition. The teaching and learning activities are designed with the objective to foster students’ conceptual understanding of the core content domains and to enhance their analytical and critical evaluation skills.


  • Give a critical exposition of the historical and philosophical developments which have led into the current discipline of psychology.
  • Critically discuss the theoretical conceptualisations in the fields of human development, brain and behaviour, personality, cognition, memory, learning, emotion and motivation
  • Apply the main psychological constructs to understanding the operation of human cognition and behaviour and their development.
  • Evaluate the rapidly growing body of literature and contemporary research on psychology
  • Evaluate conflicting ideas in psychology referring to rapidly growing body of literature and research in psychology
  • Formulate critical arguments when writing psychological reports and essays.


Within semester/Formative assessment: 50%
Examination/Summative assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module 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.