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ZUG1105 - Fundamentals of Psychology 1B

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

  • Second Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


The purpose of the module is to provide students with further exploration of the core study areas of psychological science, focusing on the methods for conducting research and generating scientific knowledge in conjunction with topics related to social psychology, sex, gender and sexuality, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders and therapies.The module emphasises the pivotal role of research design and analysis, and facilitates learners’ acquisition of basic competencies in descriptive and inferential statistics, typically used in psychological research.  


  • Discuss research methods commonly used in psychological science
  • Apply basic descriptive and inferential statistical methods of data analysis
  • Analyse and interpret quantitative data and present findings according to scientific convention.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological research and its applications
  • Understand the underlying theories in social psychology, sex, gender and sexuality and health, stress and coping
  • Critically discuss and compare psychological disorders and the role of cultural variabilities
  • Evaluate the development of therapies in South Africa, Africa and internationally.
  • Write 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.