PSYCHOL 1100 - Introductory Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2024

This course introduces the basic concepts and core topics within contemporary psychology. Core topics covered during the course include the development of the individual over the lifespan; the study of the individual in a social context; differences between individuals with respect to their intelligence and personality; the nature of motivation and emotion; and the characteristics and symptoms of psychopathology. The course will also introduce 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 1100
    Course Introductory Psychology
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed undergraduate degree
    Incompatible PSYCHOL 1000, PSYCHOL 1001, PSYCHOL 6100
    Restrictions Only available to students in the Graduate entry stream of the BPsychSc
    Assessment Online exercises and written assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Megan Bartlett

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of Introductory Psychology you will be able to:

    1 explain key areas of basic psychological enquiry
    2 discuss and enter into debate on psychological topics
    3 critically evaluate psychological research
    4 describe psychological research methods
    5 apply introductory knowledge about conventions for writing in psychology
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 2

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Text

    Required readings for all modules will be taken from:

    • Passer, M. W., & Smith, R. E. (2019). Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour. McGraw Hill.
    Online copies of this textbook are available via the University of Adelaide library.
    Online Learning
    This course is based around on-line learning. MyUni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, discussion boards, and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course consists of six weekly modules. Each module comprises content which includes online lecture materials, commentary, readings from the course text book, various interactive materials, and self-test quizzes. It is expected that students will, over the course of a week, work through the available content for that topic. It is also expected that students will complete the modules in the order they appear on MyUni at a rate of one-per-week. Adherence to this program of study will facilitate group discussion of materials during tutorials.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided to as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is a seven-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to approximately 25 hours per week engaging with the online content, in private study, attending tutorials, and completing the coursework assignments.

    Indicative Hours per Week:
    • 2 hours - Tutorial Attendance
    • 1 hour - Tutorial Preparation
    • 9 hours - Preparation and Completion of Assessment-Related Tasks
    • 10 hours - Engagement with Online Content
    • 3.5 hours - Self-Directed Learning and Reading
    Learning Activities Summary
     The course has six modules. Each module teaches students about a different aspect of psychology. The modules are:

    Module 1: Introduction and getting started
    Module 2: Library skills and science of psychology
    Module 3: Evaluating research and research methods
    Module 4: Social psychology and developmental psychology
    Module 5: Individual differences and motivation and emotion
    Module 6: Mental health
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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 includes Module Assessment Exercises, a Research Evaluation Assignment and a Final Quiz.

    Successful completion of Introductory Psychology is a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Psychological Science for students who have not completed Level 1 Psychology. Therefore, it is expected that all submission dates will be strictly adhered to so that all marking can be completed in a timely manner.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Submission via MyUni. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be submitted before the due date.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task 1: Module Assessment Exercises (30%)
    This task requires students to complete a series of exercises relating to each module with the aim of further developing their independent learning skills and encouraging them to get into the habit of engaging with psychological information.

    Assessment Task 2: Research Evaluation Assignment (30%)
    This task requires students to write a 1500-word essay with the aim of teaching them how to critically evaluate psychological research and equipping them with the skills involved in writing for psychology.

    Assessment Task 3: Final Quiz (40%)
    This task requires students to complete a 60 question multiple-choice quiz with the aim of assessing their knowledge of the course content.
    Esubmission and marking.
    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.

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