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

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

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 / 06.05.08


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre requisite requirements associated with your enrolment in this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course is one of two offered at first year level in a program of study accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). This course will introduce you to three areas of psychology, namely individual differences, psychopathology and social 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; and social psychological areas of social influence and pro-social behaviour. 
Within this course, you will also be introduced to the basic elements of experimental and quasi-experimental research including consideration of types of data; descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency & dispersion); and basic concepts of sampling and probability.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 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.


At the conclusion 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. Recognise and differentiate experimental from non-experimental research designs, and basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics.
  6. Apply critical appraisal skills to evidence and demonstrate skills in APA style referencing


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will undertake during this course include lectures and active participation in tutorial classes to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice. Text based learning activities will introduce you to relevant academic literature and research laboratories will support your development of critical thinking and communication skills in research methods. These activities are designed to support the development of your critical analysis and thinking skills along with your ability to undertake effective communication (both verbal and written) of research findings to relevant academic/community representatives.

 

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 Lectopia, 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:  Short Online Quizzes (APA style) x 4

Weighting 5% x 4 = 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 6

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Report 

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5, 6

Assessment Task 3: Exam  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO  1-5