Course Title: Introduction to Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1490

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Internet

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Summer2015,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Spring2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1490

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Internet

Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1490

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Internet

UGRDFlex17 (ZZZZ)

BESC1490

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Internet

UGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Dr Merv Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

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

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.08


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces the study of psychology by examining the current state of knowledge of some fundamental psychological concepts and processes in a range of key areas, some of which are selected by the student.

This program is delivered fully on line.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is a University Student elective. It is available to students across a variety of programs and disciplines.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

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


Overview of Learning Activities

Text-based learning – an Australian text is used to assist in the development of basic knowledge and the evidence-base related to the core topics in the course.

Assessment tasks – the assessment tasks are designed to help you develop knowledge of the core topics and encourage application of this knowledge to your everyday experience.

This course is primarily textbook based, is delivered fully online via myRMIT/Blackboard, a Google site and a group Facebook page. You will be expected to read and explore basic knowledge in the area of introductory psychology that includes twelve fundamental and interesting topics in psychology.

Understanding of the material will be explored in weekly written exercises and online activities. To engage with the course content participation in Facebook discussions is encouraged and expected.

Written assessment tasks require you to demonstrate your understanding of the content; your perception of interesting and surprising material that you have explored; and your ability to apply this material to your own life, work or future.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 36 per semester .


Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to the set weekly prescribed Textbook chapter readings, each topic may be complemented with brief powerpoint summaries, videos, Youtube videos, audio recordings, research articles, weblinks or links and comments in Facebook.

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: On-line assignment

Weighting 30%

 

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

Assessment Task 2: On-line assignment

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment 3: On line Assignment

Weighting 35%

CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,