Course Title: Principles of Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1121

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

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 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

BESC1122

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010

BESC1122

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1122

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

BESC1123

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1123

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

BESC1380

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Robin Laycock (Bundoora) / Mark Lee (City)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7400 / +61 3 9925 2906

Course Coordinator Email: robin.laycock@rmit.edu.au / mark.lee@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.004 / 06.05.008


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course is one of two offered at first year level in a program of study accredited by Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and will introduce you to four areas of psychology. These areas include individual differences, psychopathology, social psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Specific topics covered in this course will provide an introduction to psychology and its scientific nature; the theories of personality; the theories of psychological abnormality and classification of disorders; social psychological areas of social influence and pro-social behavior; and the consideration of cultural differences as it applies to psychological theory and practice.  Within this course, you will also be introduced to the basic elements of research methods.

 


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 3: Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • 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.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate your understanding of psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour.
  2. Describe and compare the major theories of personality.
  3. Explain and contrast the major theories of abnormality.
  4. Elaborate and distinguish the major theories of social psychology.
  5. Demonstrate your understanding of some of the cross-cultural differences in aspects of personality, social and abnormal psychology.
  6. Recognise basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics and differentiate experimental from non-experimental research designs.
  7. Apply critical appraisal skills to evidence and demonstrate skills in APA style referencing.

     


Overview of Learning Activities

Activities associated with this course will take a blended approach to learning, involving face-to-face and online interactions. Learning activities will primarily focus on lectures, lectorials and tutorials. These face-to-face interactions are supplemented by online and text material. Students will also have the option to engage in face-to-face equivalent material through online learning. Through participation in lecture material you will acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical / conceptual material. Tutorial activities provides you an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of relevant knowledge and underlying theoretical / conceptual material. You will also be required to undertake reference and computer based learning, developing a broad range of research skills including critical thinking, knowledge of research methods, and development of skills to reflect on your own learning.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your assessments will be spread throughout the semester and include quizzes; reflective and critical thinking assignments and examinations. Assignments may be prescribed as individual or group assignments. These assessments may also include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 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 Echo Recordings, and Discussion Board interaction. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A Library Subject Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/psychology.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Quizzes

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Major Written Assessment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Exam  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6