PSYCHOL 1001 - Psychology IB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 1001 Course Psychology IB Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Incompatible PSYCHOL 1000A/B Course Description This course, together with PSYCHOL 1000, provides an introduction to the basic concepts and core topics within contemporary psychology. The two courses may be taken singly or in combination. Core topics covered over the year will include the development of the individual over the lifespan; the study of the person in a social context; differences between people with respect to their intelligence and personality; issues related to individual adjustment and maladjustment; the biological bases of behaviour; the interpretation by the brain of sensory signals from the external environment; the mechanisms underlying learning; the encoding, storage and retrieval of information; the nature of motivation and emotion; culture and cross-cultural psychology. The courses will also provide an introduction to the methodological approaches employed by psychologists to study these topics. Major findings to emerge from psychological research will be presented, and the practical significance of such work will be discussed. Practical work will address the conventions of psychological report-writing and the ethical principles underlying psychological research and practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew DrySchool of Psychology Office: Ph +61 8313 5693; firstname.lastname@example.org
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of selected areas of basic psychological enquiry
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how psychology is applied to real-life problems
3. Evaluate critically knowledge claims regarding psychological theory
4. Recognize a range of different research methodologies within the discipline of Psychology
5. Present written reports that follow the basic conventions of written communication within the discipline of Psychology
6. Demonstrate elementary skills in the quantitative analysis of psychological data
7. Demonstrate elementary skills in the interpretation of psychological data
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 5, 6, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
Required ResourcesPasser, M. W. & Smith, R. E. (2013). Psychology – The Science of Mind and Behaviour (Australian Edition). McGraw-Hill: North Ryde, NSW
Taines, C. (2013). A Practical Guide to Writing: Psychology (2nd Edition). McGraw-Hill: North Ryde, NSW
For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningIn this course you will participate in online learning environments via MyUni - https://auth.adelaide.edu.au/login.
In your online learning you will read, listen to a number of presentations, be expected to participate in online discussions via discussion boards, and complete and submit assessments online.This course may also use MyUni for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of summative assessment
• Access to lecture recordings
• Access to tutorial materials
• Additional readings
• Self-directed learning activities
• Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesPsychology IB is comprised of a lecture series and a complementary series of online modules; both of these components cover a representative range of psychological topics and illustrate some of the various approaches currently employed in psychological research. Materials in the online modules such as videos, interactive “mini-experiments” and formative quizzes support and extend the lecture series. Both the lectures and the on-line content are important and examinable; therefore, you should fully engage with both aspects of the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with course requirements.
Lectures = 35 hours
Exam = 1.5 hours
Research Participation = 1.5 hours
Module Assessment Exercises (MAEs) = 18 hours
Research Report = 22.5 hours
Weekly Reading, Online Supplementary Material, etc = 44 hours
Exam Preparation = 20 hours
TOTAL = 144 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Beginning Week No Monday 2-3pm Wednesday 12-1pm Friday 2-3pm Work Due July 28 1 Introduction to course Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology August 4 2 Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology Research Report Questionnaire August 11 3 Practical Debriefing 1 Statistics Statistics Developmental Module Assessment Exercise August 18 4 Statistics Statistics Statistics August 25 5 Practical Debriefing 2 Personality Personality Statistics Module Assessment Exercise September 1 6 Personality Personality Personality September 8 7 Practical Debriefing 3 Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion Personality Module Assessment Exercise September 15 8 Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion Research Report September 22 Break September 29 Break October 6 9 Labour Day Holiday Learning Learning Motivation & Emotion Module Assessment Exercise October 13 10 Learning Learning Learning October 20 11 Cognition & Memory Cognition & Memory Cognition & Memory Learning Module Assessment Exercise October 27 12 Cognition & Memory Cognition & Memory Exam Preparation November 3 Swot Vac Cognition & Memory Module Assessment Exercise Exam Exam
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course does not offer a Small Group Discovery Experience. Please see PSYCHOL 1004 Research Methods in Psychology for information regarding a Small Group Discovery Experience.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed End of Semester Examination Summative 55% 1-7 Module Assessment Exercises Summative 20% 1-7 Research Report Assignment Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5 Research Participation / Alternative Summative 5% 4
Assessment DetailPlease refer to the Level IB Psychology Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for further details relating to assessment:
SubmissionPlease refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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