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The aim of this unit of study is to provide students with an introduction to several key discipline areas in the field of psychology, thus establishing a solid basis for further, more in-depth study in subsequent years. This unit covers topics including the research enterprise in psychology; neuropsychology; memory; language and cognition; learning; motivation and emotion; interpersonal relationships; and personality. Classes involve activities and discussion of research papers that foster understanding of theoretical content by focusing on specific topics and applications of research and knowledge in psychology.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APP1012

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine current issues in psychology and how theories within the topic areas covered have evolved over time;  
  2. Assess the basic principles of methodologies employed in psychological research;  
  3. Evaluate research literature relating to the topic areas covered;  
  4. Perform an independent literature search on a psychological topic using online databases;  
  5. Apply knowledge of research methodologies to a specific research topic and collect data for a research project;  
  6. Produce a laboratory report written in formal academic style and conforming to APA formatting conventions.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Journal related to workshop readings (600 words) 20%
Laboratory Work Lab Report related to theoretical content (1500 words) 40%
Test Tests - multiple choice and short answers (3 hours in total) 40%

Required reading

Further readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

Psychology 4th ed.
Burton, L, Westen, D & Kowalski, R., (2015)
Australia: Wiley

An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology 3rd ed.
Burton, L., (2010)
Australia: Wiley

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