Course Title: The Science of Human Nature

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Science of Human Nature

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1503

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Mark Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2906

Course Coordinator Email: mark.lee@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 06.05.008


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed the first year of your health or medical science degree
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 will provide you with foundational knowledge regarding views of human nature and its psychological and biological underpinnings.   The course will integrate perspectives from biology, anthropology, economics, history, psychology, sociology and neuroscience in exploring the evolutionary perspective. 


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.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO1: Discuss and critically evaluate the various theories of human nature
  • CLO2:  Explain the  role of genetics in relation to concepts of human nature 
  • CLO3:  Identify and elaborate the contribution of the environment to concepts of human nature 
  • CLO4:  Determine the contribution of history, environment and epigenetics to concepts of  human nature  
  • CLO5:  Argue the impact of epigenetics, genes and environment during development  and how it shapes the brain and our psychology


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, and face to face lectorials. Lectures allow you to acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical/conceptual material. Lectorial exercises will engage you in a critical analysis of relevant knowledge and underlying theoretical/conceptual material. You are expected to develop responsibility for a synthesis of knowledge and problem solving skills as either an individual or within a group.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise diagnostic, formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your diagnostic and formative assessments will take the form of lectorial quizzes and lecture contributions. 
Your summative assessment will include an end of semester examination.
These assessments will include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Assessment completed beginning early and continuing throughout semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 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 may utilise a variety of available technologies including Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Skill development activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

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


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

 

Assessment Task 1: Lecture/Lectorial Contribution

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

 

Assessment Task 2: Lectorial Quizzes

Weighting 40%

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

 

Assessment Task 3: Exam  

Weighting 50%

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