BEHV 1024 Applied Psychology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102706

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Description Psychology is the scientific discipline of understanding, explaining and predicting human behaviour and cognition. This introductory unit will explore the topics of Psychology most relevant to its application in the world - particularly as it applies to industry. This unit will teach the basics of Psychology and psychological research such as report writing and the APA style. Topics will include the history of psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, sensation & perception, motivation, learning and research methods. Students should note that this unit is not part of an accredited sequence as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is not appropriate for students seeking future registration as a psychologist.

School Psychology

Discipline Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject


There are no enrolment restrictions for this subject.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate information literacy and use resources including the library to collate literature and review information on a particular topic.
  2. Explain the key theoretical concepts and major empirical findings in the domains of psychology covered in the subject.
  3. Describe the methods used by psychologists in their research, including the importance of a literature review to research and practice.
  4. Apply basic critical thinking and argument formation in writing that adheres to the APA (American Psychological Association) Publication Guidelines, particularly in referencing material.
  5. Construct a partial research report conforming to APA Publication Guidelines.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to and the history of Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Motivation
  • Learning
  • Research Methods


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
Literature Review 800 words 10 N Individual
Research Report 1,500 words 35 N Individual
Research Participation Task 5 hours of research participation 5 N Individual
Quiz: 3 x 10 questions MCQ 3 x 10 MCQs 10 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts.

Teaching Periods

WSU Online TRI-1

Wsu Online


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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WSU Online TRI-3

Wsu Online


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