Course Title: Foundations of Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1124

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1125

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010

BESC1125

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

BESC1125

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

BESC1126

City 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,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1126

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

BESC1381

City 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 1 2013,
Sem 1 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 introductory psychology courses accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). The course will provide you with foundational knowledge of the primary areas of psychology. Topics covered include biological bases of behaviour; learning and memory; emotion and motivation and developmental psychology. Basic aspects of research methods as well as the theory and philosophy of science and psychology will also be covered.


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.


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

  1. Demonstrate in an applied context your understanding of psychology as the scientific study of human behavior.
  2. Describe key principles of biological bases of behaviour.
  3. Explain and contrast major theories of learning and memory.
  4. Elaborate and distinguish major theories of motivation and emotion.
  5. Describe major theories in the key stages of human development
  6. Demonstrate effective written communication skills, including skills in APA style (including referencing)
  7. Apply critical thinking skills to the appraisal of academic literature and other sources.


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. Through participation in lecture material you will acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical and conceptual material. Tutorial activities provides you an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of theoretical and 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 short tasks; a major written assessment 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

  • 12 x 2 hour lectures
  • 12 x 1 hour tutorials
  • 6 x 2 hour lectorials


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 also be delivered via Echo recordings, and Discussion Board interaction. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways. 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:


Assessment Task 1: Short Critical Thinking Tasks

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Major Written Assessment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 40%

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