Psychology 1B

Unit code: APP1013 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP1012 - Psychology 1A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The aim of this unit of study is to build upon Psychology 1A by introducing students to further key discipline areas within the field of psychology, as well as topics in applied psychology. Students will learn foundational knowledge in areas related to abnormal psychology, personality, intelligence and social psychology. Classes involve activities and discussion of research papers that foster understanding of theoretical content by focussing 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. Analyse current issues in psychology and how theories within the topic areas covered have evolved over time;
  2. Review and discuss core concepts and models in psychology and consider their relevance in everyday life;
  3. Evaluate and synthesise research literature relating to the topic areas covered; and
  4. Apply knowledge of research methodologies to a specific research topic and collect data for a research project.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 15%
Journal related to workshop readings (500 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 45%
Laboratory report on theoretical content (Part A - 900 words - 20%; Part B - 1000 words - 25%)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Test - Part A: multiple choice (60 minutes) 15%; Part B: short answer (60 minutes) 25%

Required reading

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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