Psychology 1A

    Unit code: APP1012 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    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 of study is designed to provide students with an understanding of theories and methods in cognitive and biological psychology. More specifically, students will learn the foundations of these theories through the lens of the biopsychosocial model. 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.

    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. Identify core concepts and models in cognitive and biological psychology and consider their relevance in everyday life;
    3. Evaluate research literature relating to the topic areas covered; and
    4. Demonstrate formal academic writing and conform to APA formatting and referencing conventions.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 25%
    Bibliographic Exercise (500 words)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 35%
    Literature Review (1200 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 40%
    Tests - Test A: multiple choice and short answer (60 minutes); Test B: multiple choice and short answer (60 minutes)

    Required reading

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

    Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalski, R. (2023).| John Wiley & Sons.
    An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology
    Burton, L. (2020).| John Wiley & Sons.

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