BEHV 0001 Introduction to Human Behaviour (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700220

Coordinator Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Description This unit provides students with an overview and evolution of psychology and conventional scientific techniques and methods to explain and understand the causes of human behaviour and human personality. It also assists students in the development of academic skills commensurate with tertiary studies. Topics to be studied at an introductory level include: the history of psychology, intelligence, social psychology, psychoanalytic theories, behaviourist/learning theories, cognitive theories, biological view, developmental psychology and abnormal psychology.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects BEHV 0002 - Introduction to Human Behaviour (UWSC)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Define and explain important concepts related to the subject.
  2. Describe the major empirical findings or theories of the domains of psychology covered in the subject.
  3. Distinguish key characteristics of major theories of human behaviour.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of individual differences and the influence of environmental context on behaviour.
  5. Develop an argument in written form and apply referencing conventions.
  6. Construct a coherent argument in oral form.

Subject Content

1. History of psychology, its ancient roots and evolution as a scientific discipline
2. Scientific principles of psychology
3. Applied psychology
4. Theories of intelligence
5. Psychoanalytic perspective
6. Cognitive perspective
7. Biological perspective
8. Social psychology
9. Developmental psychology
10. Abnormal psychology as part of the major perspectives
11. Humanistic perspective
1. History of psychology, its ancient roots and evolution as a scientific discipline
2. Scientific principles of psychology
3. Applied psychology
4. Theories of intelligence
5. Psychoanalytic perspective
6. Cognitive perspective
7. Biological perspective
8. Social psychology
9. Developmental psychology
10. Abnormal psychology as part of the major perspectives
11. Humanistic perspective

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical thinking exercise (300 words) 300 words 5 N Individual
Individual presentation slides with notes 12 slides minimum 20 N Individual
a. Weekly online quizzes (total of 7%) b. Week 11 online quiz (8%) 15 N Individual
Essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Online multiple-choice exam 2 hours 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • The College Introduction to Human Behaviour Workbook

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

View timetable Opens in new window