PSYCHOL 1100OL - Introductory Psychology

Online - Trimester 2 - 2020

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and core topics within contemporary psychology through a mixed delivery mode. Core topics covered during the course 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 an introduction to psychological assessment. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 1100OL
    Course Introductory Psychology
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed undergraduate degree
    Incompatible PSYCHOL 1000, PSYCHOL 1001, PSYCHOL 6100
    Restrictions Available to student in the Graduate entry stream of the BPsychSc
    Assessment Written exam, online exercises and written assignments
    Course Staff
    Course Coordinator: Dr Lynn Ward, Room 517 (Hughes Building), Phone: 8313 3182, Email:

    The telephone number for the Psychology Office on Level 5, Hughes Building is 8313 5693
    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)
    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, 5
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 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, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Passer, M., et al. (2012 or 2015). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. McGraw Hill

    This text comes as a package available to purchase, together with a writing guide, an e-version of the textbook and a code to access the online interactive content ("Connect").  If you choose not to purchase the textbook there are some hardcopies available for loan from the Barr Smith library or you can access the 2019 version online via the Barr Smith library. You can access code to Connect via the Introductory Psychology course.
    Online Learning
    As this course is based around on-line learning, much of the communication within it will occur on-line. It is therefore important
    that you are aware of these communication methods, and access them regularly.

    Students are required to access MyUni regularly. In addition to containing your course materials and the Dropbox where you will submit your research report, important notices and information regarding the course will also be placed on MyUni. MyUni also contains Discussion Boards, and you are encouraged to use these to discuss aspects of the course or any concerns you have. Your tutor will
    monitor these Boards regularly and will respond to any questions or concerns that have been raised.

    MyUni also allows staff and other students to send emails to your student address. It is important that you check your student email regularly. Your email address is If youwish, it is possible to have your student email forwarded to another email address. Instructions on how to do this can be found at

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught over 7 weeks commencing June 1. The course will be completed before the commencement of semester 2 so that students will be able to enrol in semester 2 courses for the B Psych Sci (Grad entry stream).The course involves online lectures and online  tutorial/ drop-in sessions to support your learning. You do not need to enrol in these sessions - times will be arranged on an adhoc basis via discussion board once the course starts. 

    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.

    Optional tutorials/ad hoc drop in sessions = 6 hours
    Exam = 1.5 hours
    Exam prepartation = 28 hours
    Major assignment = 21 hours
    Modular tests = 21 hours
    Engagement with online lecture content = 28 hours
    Self directed learning and reading = 35 hours

    Total = 140.5 hours

    Learning Activities Summary

    Six content Modules will cover the following:
    Academic literacy skills (searching, referencing and evaluating psychological information)
    History & Science of PsychologySocial Psychology 
    Developmental Psychology
    Individual Differences
    Motivation and Emotion
    Mental Health
  • 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
    The final mark in Introductory Psychology is determined as follows:

    Module assessment exercises 30% (short answer questions for module 1 10% plus MCQ mod 2,3,4,5,6 20%)

    Major assignment: 30%

    Examination 40%

    Total 100%

    Successful completion of Introductory Psychology is a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Psychological Science, beginning in Semester 2. 
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All assignments are submitted online 
    Assessment Detail


    To help you further develop your independent learning skills, a small part of the assessment requires you to complete assessment exercises relating to each module. These will be available for the duration of the course but you can only complete them once.


    A major piece of assessment related to conducting research in psychology. This will take the form of a written piece of assessment of approximately 1500 words.


    Multiple choice
    online submission
    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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    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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