PSYCHOL 1001 - Psychology IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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. Lecture material will be posted online via MyUni and face-to-face teaching will take the forma of interactive workshops.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 1 hour per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assignments, practical exercises, research participation, multiple choice exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Dry

    School of Psychology Office: Ph +61 8313 5693;
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 6, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1) Digital Resource: Connect for Passer & Smith (2015)
    2) Textbook: Passer, M. W. & Smith, R. E. (2015). Psychology – The Science of Mind and Behaviour (Australian Edition). McGraw-Hill: North Ryde, NSW

    The Passer & Smith text and Connect digital resource will be essential tools for completing the courses Psychology 1A and 1B.

    For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
    Recommended Resources
    Barr 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 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 Learning
    In this course you will participate in online learning environments via MyUni -

    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:

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Psychology IB is comprised of a series of online lectures and learning activities, and a complementary series of interactive face-to-face workshops; 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 learning activities such as videos, interactive “mini-experiments” and formative quizzes support and extend the lecture series. The online lectures, the online learning activities and the
    interactive workshop content are important and examinable; therefore, you should fully engage with all 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.

    Online Lectures: 15 hours (5 x 30 min lectures per module)

    Workshops = 6 hours

    Module Assessment Exercises = 24 hours

    Research Participation = 3 hours

    Major Assignment = 32

    LearnSmart = 5 hours

    Online Supplementary Materials = 17

    Weekly Reading = 30

    Exam Preparation = 24

    Total = 156 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Beginning Week No Monday 2-3pm Wednesday 12-1pm Friday 2-3pm Work Due
    July 27 1 Introduction to course Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology
    August 3 2 Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology Research Report Questionnaire
    August 10 3 Research Report Information Session 1 Statistics Statistics Developmental Module Assessment Exercise
    August 17 4 Statistics Statistics Statistics
    August 24 5 Research Report Information Session Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion Statistics Module Assessment Exercise
    August 31 6 Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion Motivation & Emotion 
    September 7 7 Research Report Information Session 3 Learning Learning Motivation & Emotion Module Assessment Exercise
    September 14 8 Learning Learning Learning Research Report
    September 21 Break
    September 28 Break
    October 5 9 Labour Day Holiday Personality Personality Learning Module Assessment Exercise
    October 12 10 Personality Personality Personality
    October 19 11 Intelligence Intelligence Intelligence Personality Module Assessment Exercise
    October 26 12 Intelligence Intelligence Exam Preparation Research Participation or Alternative
    November 2 Swot Vac Intelligence Module Assessment Exercise
    Exam Online Study Exercises
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 15% 1, 2, 3, 5
    Online Study Exercises Summative 5% 1, 2, 3, 7
    Research Participation / Alternative Summative 5% 4
    Assessment Detail
    Please 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:
    Please 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.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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