PSYCHOL 1000 - Psychology IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
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 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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.
Lecture material will be posted online via MyUni and face-to-face teaching will take the form of interactive workshops.
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) 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 - 4, 6-7 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
2, 3 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
5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
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 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 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 lecture 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
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 Begininng Week No Interactive Lecture Work Due Feb 20 Orientation Introduction to course Feb 27 1 Social Psychology (G1) March 6 2 Social Psychology (G2) March 13 3 Science of Psychology (G1) Social Psychology MAE March 20 4 Science of Psychology (G2) March 27 5 Cross Cultural (G1) Science of Psychology MAE April 3 6 Cross Cultural (G2) April 10 Break Cross Cultural MAE April 17 Break April 24 7 Memory & Cognition (G1) Research Evaluation Assignment May 1 8 Memory & Cognition (G2) May 8 9 Bological Bases of Behaviour (G1) Memory & Cognition MAE May 15 10 Biological Bases of Behaviour (G2) May 22 11 Mental Health (G1) Biological Bases of Behaviour MAE May 29 12 Mental Health (G2) June 5 Swot Vac Mental Health MAE June 12 Swot Vac & Exam Research Participation/Alternative Assignment June 19 Exam
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
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, 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/current-students/forms-handbooks/
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
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