Course Title: Psychology of Everyday Thinking

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology of Everyday Thinking

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1071

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1071

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

BESC1071

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1392

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

BESC1392

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Mervyn Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email: merv.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.008


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the study of psychology by examining the current state of knowledge of some fundamental psychological concepts and processes including consciousness, perception, learning, memory, motivation, personality and psychological disorders. You will also explore some basic research methods used by psychologists to study behaviour and the conscious experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) :

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and   groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop an initial understanding of human behaviour from a psychological perspective through the study of selected psychological theories and concepts
  2. Examine the essential differences between these theories and concepts
  3. Apply psychological knowledge to address real world problems.
  4. Critically evaluate selected psychological theories.
  5. Demonstrate academic written communication skills


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course will comprise lectures and tutorial sessions. From your lectures you will acquire a theoretical framework of psychological knowledge associated with everyday thinking whilst the tutorial sessions provide an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of lecture material and apply this material to practical areas of interest. This course is may be undertaken as an online course where the primary mode of learning is online webinars and linked content.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 39 per semester comprising lectures, tutorials, and online activities.

Learner Directed Hours: 80  per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Short answer tutorial tasks

Weighting 25%

Assessment Task 2: Essay on selected topics (1500 words)

Weighting 25

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 50%