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PSYU1104 – Introduction to Psychology I

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mehmet Mahmut
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PSYU1105 or PSYX1105
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to the discipline of psychology through a focus on the physiological bases of behaviour; learning; motivation; the nature of personality and psychopathology; and cross-cultural and Indigenous psychology. The unit conveys information about substantive material, and assumptions of theory associated with the science and profession of psychology through lecture and tutorial/practical classes. The unit introduces students to research methods in psychology through a series of methodology lectures. A further important aim of the unit is to develop students' competency in critical thinking and essay writing in psychology.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • ULO2: Apply communication, interpersonal and team skills in written assignments and by working with fellow students on group tasks and discussions on assignment tasks.
  • ULO3: Develop information technology skills through practical assignments and using the web-based elements of the course.
  • ULO4: Foster critical thinking skills through discussion of competing theories of psychological phenomena and understanding of scientific methodology.
  • ULO5: Display an appreciation of Ethical Issues from class discussions and participating in research.

General Assessment Information

Essay

Due: Week 8 (may change) Weighting: 25%

An essay examining a key concept in psychological research.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills (developed through written assignments, interactions in tutorial groups, and working with class members on assignment tasks).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed information technology skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed critical thinking skills (developed through discussion of competing theories and application of the scientific method to understand psychological phenomena).

Tutorial Participation

Due: Weekly Weighting: 10%

There are 10 compulsory tutorials student must complete online. Students will be awarded up to 10% for this assessment (1% per tutorial) in recognition of the completion of the weekly readings, activities and forum posts.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills (developed through written assignments, interactions in tutorial groups, and working with class members on assignment tasks).
  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate team skills developed as a result of working with a small number of fellow students on a group tasks and discussions.
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed information technology skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed an appreciation of Ethical Issues (developed in class discussion of ethical issues in research and exposure to actual participation in research).

Research Participation

Due: End of Week 13 Weighting: 5%

Four hours of research participation in studies being conducted by staff members, research assistants, postgraduate students and honours students in the Department.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed information technology skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed an appreciation of Ethical Issues (developed in class discussion of ethical issues in research and exposure to actual participation in research).

Research Design Quizzes

Due: Weekly Weighting: 10%

A series of 10 weekly quizzes examining research design content. Each quiz is worth 1% of the total grade.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed information technology skills (developed through practical assignments and experience with the web-based elements of the course).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed critical thinking skills (developed through discussion of competing theories and application of the scientific method to understand psychological phenomena).
  • By the end of the unit, students will have developed an appreciation of Ethical Issues (developed in class discussion of ethical issues in research and exposure to actual participation in research).

Final Exam

Due: Session 1 exam period Weighting: 40%

A 2.5 Hour Multiple-Choice Exam of 100 Questions.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).

Online Lecture Quizzes

Due: Week 7 and Week 13 Weighting: 10%

Two quizzes (worth 5% each) on lecture and related readings. Each quiz consists of 25 multiple-choice questions.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final Exam 40% No Week 13
Online Lecture Quizzes (1 & 2) 10% No Week 7 and Week 13
Essay 25% No Week 8
Research Design Quizzes 10% No Weekly (Weeks 2 - 11_
Research participation 5% No Week 13
Tutorial Participation 10% No Weekly

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

Final examination held within the University’s formal exam period, in accordance with relevant requirements.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • Display an appreciation of Ethical Issues from class discussions and participating in research.

Online Lecture Quizzes (1 & 2)

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 7 and Week 13
Weighting: 10%

 

Two online, multiple-choice quizzes on Psychology content, held in the middle and end of the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • Develop information technology skills through practical assignments and using the web-based elements of the course.

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 25%

 

1250 word essay examining a key concept in psychological research.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • Apply communication, interpersonal and team skills in written assignments and by working with fellow students on group tasks and discussions on assignment tasks.
  • Develop information technology skills through practical assignments and using the web-based elements of the course.
  • Foster critical thinking skills through discussion of competing theories of psychological phenomena and understanding of scientific methodology.

Research Design Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weekly (Weeks 2 - 11_
Weighting: 10%

 

Weekly multiple-choice online quizzes, assessing Research Design content.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • Develop information technology skills through practical assignments and using the web-based elements of the course.
  • Display an appreciation of Ethical Issues from class discussions and participating in research.

Research participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 5%

 

Participation in research studies (online and face-to-face).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Display an appreciation of Ethical Issues from class discussions and participating in research.

Tutorial Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 10%

 

Participation in tutorial activities is necessary to be able to answer examination and quiz questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate research and study skills (developed through planning research assignments, achieving study goals, and meeting deadlines).
  • Foster critical thinking skills through discussion of competing theories of psychological phenomena and understanding of scientific methodology.
  • Display an appreciation of Ethical Issues from class discussions and participating in research.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery

1 x (up to) 2-hour lecture each of 13 weeks

1 x 0.5 - 1 hour online recorded lecture on Research Design (available through iLearn) each week over 11 weeks

1 x 1 - 2 hour tutorial each week

Textbooks:

Refer to iLearn page for details 

Online resources:

iLearn website: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au 

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