PSYC11010 - Fundamentals of Psychology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit presents the fundamental principles of human behaviour and their application to everyday life and work. Accordingly, topics will range from an overview and history of psychology to areas such as applying psychology to health and social environments. For students intending to complete a Psychology major, this unit has the same status of any other elective and cannot be used as a substitute for any part of the core APAC accredited sequence.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Moodle - a suggestion was made to include a timetable for assessments on the course website. Student evaluation At present due dates for the assessments are presented in the assessment details. From next year the due dates will also appear on the front page of the moodle course website.
Assessment - a small number of students suggested that the format of the exam could be changed to include 2-3 essay questions. Student evaluation Whilst the current exam format seems to be acceptable to the majority of students, consideration will be given to the suggestion of including essay type questions.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology.
  2. Apply major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology to human behaviour.
  3. Communicate an understanding of psychological concepts in an objective manner.

N/A

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Psychology and Life
Author/s: Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, PG., Campbell, AJ., Cumming, SR & Wilkes, FJ. Year: 2011
Edition: 2nd ed Publisher: Pearson Australia
City: Frenchs Forest State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Paper copies are available from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

However, ebook versions can be purchased directly at Pearson's website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichele Wolfe (m.wolfe@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to psychology

Gerrig et al. chp 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Biological bases of behaviour

Gerrig et al. chp 3

Week 3 20-03-2017

Emotion, stress and health

Gerrig et al. Chp 13

Week 4 27-03-2017

Social psychology

Gerrig et al. chp 17

Week 5 03-04-2017

Alternate states

Gerrig et al. chp 6

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Sensation and perception

Gerrig et al. chp 5

Week 7 24-04-2017

Learning and behaviour analysis

Gerrig et al. chp 7

Week 8 01-05-2017

Human development 1

Gerrig et al. chp 11

White, Livesey and Hayes, 2013. Psychological problems and development - CRO

Week 9 08-05-2017

Human development 2

Gerrig et al. chp 11

White, Livesey and Hayes, 2013. Psychological problems and development - CRO

Week 10 15-05-2017

Understanding human personality

Gerrig et al. chp 14

Concept map Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Psychological disorders

Gerrig et al. chp 15 & 16

Week 12 29-05-2017

Cross-cultural psychology: how culture affects us

Gerrig et al. chp 18

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Examination date and time TBA

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Stop and Review questions
Task Description

Objectives

You are required to answer a series of ‘Stop and Review’ questions that will be available from the start of week 2 through to week 11. This will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate ongoing engagement with the course, and foundational knowledge as well as critical knowledge, of the weekly topic. Participation will further demonstrate your ability to communicate an understanding of psychological concepts in an objective manner.

Question

The first assessment consists of twenty online responses of approximately 50 words each (maximum 100 words).

Each week a set of four questions, based on the material studied during that week, will be posted online in the weekly topic section on the course moodle website. You are required to post answers to at least eight questions by the end of Week 11. Students do not have to answer all available questions for each week but must meet the minimum requirement of answering eight questions in total for the assessment.

Each post will be worth 1 mark with a maximum of 20 marks for the overall assessment. You are allowed to answer all 40 questions if you wish but can only receive the maximum mark of 20.

Submission of answers to at least EIGHT questions is a COMPULSORY element of this assessment. If you do not submit a total of at least EIGHT answers a mark of ‘0’ will be given for this component.

Each set of questions will be available for one week only. At the end of that time the questions will be closed, i.e., although posts will still be able to be viewed for study purposes. Submissions after the closing date will not be marked.

Assessment Due Date Continual assessment - Questions will be made available Monday am and need to be answered by 11.55 pm on the following Sunday.
Return Date to Students Grading will be completed within the two week period after each set of weekly questions is closed.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will receive one mark per correct answer.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit your answer by clicking 'Reply' to the individual question.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology.

3. Communicate an understanding of psychological concepts in an objective manner.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Concept map
Task Description

Objective

This assessment is designed to strengthen your understanding of the concepts and themes explored in this unit (learning outcome 1) by getting you to think about these in relation to other concepts learnt in this unit and applying some of these to ‘real-world’/practical examples (learning outcomes 2 and 3). This assignment also encourages you to think about how different concepts from different lectures are related and how some of these can be applied outside of the unit.

Question

A concept map includes core concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes (nodes), with relationships illustrated by directional lines connecting the nodes AND linking words or statements that explain the nature of the relationship between nodes. You will develop a concept map that demonstrates understanding of the key unit concepts and are linked to three overarching themes.

In order to achieve the requirements for the concept map you will need to:

Select a lecture topic covered during the first six weeks of this unit to use as the basis of the first theme in the concept map. The date and title of the lecture you select should appear on the Concept Map Assignment Detail Form (available on the unit moodle site) and MUST be submitted with your concept map.

Your concept map MUST contain a minimum of TWENTY-SIX identified concepts including the following elements:

Ten core concepts from your selected lecture in this unit (Theme 1).

Eight additional concepts from at least one other lecture in this unit (Theme 2).

Eight additional concepts that connect the selected concept/s to 'real-world'/practical applications (Theme 3).

You are required to use some sort of system (colours/geometric shapes) to make each theme distinguishable. You can add extra concepts and themes should you so wish. However, must have no more than 50 concepts in total included in your map.

Electronic documents are preferable but you will not be penalised for using textas and paper. Concept mapping software is available to download from the web. Some sites allow you a free trial and others will let you access the software for free. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) provides free concept mapping software for both PC and Mac http://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/cmaptools-download/ (Checked 8/02/17).

Further information is available on the moodle course website. We will be covering concept maps in detail during the third week of the course, so do not worry too much if it is the kind of task you have never done before.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria is available on the course website.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Students are allowed to submit their concept map and the Concept Map Assignment Detail Form as separate files, via the moodle course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology.

2. Apply major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology to human behaviour.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology.

2. Apply major principles and theories of the fundamentals of psychology to human behaviour.

3. Communicate an understanding of psychological concepts in an objective manner.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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