PSYCHOL 1000 - Psychology IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 1000 Course Psychology IA Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 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 1001, 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; and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph +61 8313 5693
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. Critically evaluate 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
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 IA 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 = 3 hours
MAEs = 18 hours
Research evaluation assignment = 22.5 hours
Weekly Reading, Online Supplementary Material, etc = 44 hours
Exam Preparation = 20 hours
TOTAL = 144 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Begininng Week No Tuesday 3-4pm Thursday 4-5pm Friday 2-3pm Work Due March 3 1 Introduction to course Science of Psychology Science of Psychology March 10 2 Adelaide Cup Holiday Science of Psychology Science of Psychology March 17 3 Science of Psychology Social Psychology Social Psychology Science of Psychology MAE March 24 4 Social Psychology Social Psychology Social Psychology March 31 5 Briefing Session for Practical 1 Intelligence Intelligence Social Psychology MAE April 7 6 Intelligence Intelligence Intelligence April 14 Break April 21 Break April 28 7 Briefing session for Practical 2 Ethics Cross Cultural Intelligence MAE May 5 8 Cross Cultural Cross Cultural Cross Cultural Research Evaluation Assignment May 12 9 Cross Cultural Biological Bases of Behaviour Biological Bases of Behaviour Cross Cultural MAE May 19 10 Biological Bases of Behaviour Biological Bases of Behaviour Biological Bases of Behaviour May 26 11 Mental Health Mental Health Mental Health Biological Bases MAE June 2 12 Mental Health Mental Health Exam Prep Research Participation or Alternative June 9 13 Mental Health MAE June 16 Swot Vac June 21 Exam June 30 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 must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed End of Semester Examination Summative 55% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 Module Assessment Exercises Summative 20% 1-4, 6, 7 Research Evaluation Assignment Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 5 Research Participation/Alternative Summative 10% 4
Assessment DetailPlease refer to the Level IA Psychology Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for further details relating to assessment http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
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.
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.
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