BEHV 1018 Psychology: Human Behaviour

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101184

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Description Psychology is a field of scientific inquiry that uses a set of scientific techniques and methods to explain and understand the causes of behaviour. As a profession, psychology applies its knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. This subject covers a range of topics in psychology at an introductory level including: the history of psychology, intelligence, social psychology, developmental psychology, Australian Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology, personality, and abnormal psychology.

School Psychology

Discipline Behavioural Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Restrictions

Note that only students enrolled at WSU Online may register in the WSU Online subjects offered at that location.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Navigate information resources, to collect credible material.

2. Distinguish features of the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. 

3. Describe scientific techniques and methods used in psychology research.

4. Identify key elements of Indigenous psychology in Australia.

5. Summarise key topics of psychology adhering to the current APA (American Psychological Association) Publication Guidelines.

Subject Content

1. Introduction to the major perspectives in psychology and critical thinking/argument in psychology 
2. Individual Differences and assessment 
3. Intelligence and Personality 
4. Developmental Psychology 
5. Social and Cultural Psychology 
6. Abnormal Psychology 
7. Australian Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology.

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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Summary 1500 words (500 words for each Topic Summary) 40 N Individual
Multiple Choice 20 multiple choice questions 5 N Individual
Participation 5 hours of research participation 5 N Individual
Quiz 20 multiple choice questions 20 N Individual
Final Exam 1 hour 30 N Individual

WSU Online Trimester 2

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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Literature Review 1,500 words 35 N Individual
Quiz 20 questions 0 Y Individual
Participation Research participation or alternative task 5 N Individual
Quiz Four quizzes of 20 questions 30 N Individual
Final Exam One hour 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Burton, Westen, D., & Kowalski, R. (2022). Psychology (Sixth Australian and New Zealand edition.). John Wiley & Sons.

Teaching Periods

WSU Online TRI-1 (2024)

Wsu Online

Online

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Autumn (2024)

Bankstown City

On-site

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Penrith (Kingswood)

On-site

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

On-site

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WSU Online TRI-3 (2024)

Wsu Online

Online

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