EXPERIMENTAL FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PSY1EFP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

One of the most exciting things about studying psychology is that it is both a discipline like mathematics or geography and a practice like law or medicine. In this subject we will explore a number of core experimental approaches and findings in psychology which will orient the student to the science of the discipline. We will focus on how your brain works in creating your behaviour, how brain and behaviour change across the lifespan, how and why you are different from other people, how you sense the world and how you process and understand the information that arises from your senses.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY1PYA, PSY11PSA, PSY1PSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPsychological Science (5th Ed.)RecommendedGazzaniga, M. S., Heatherton, T. F., & Halpern, D. F. (2016)W.W. Norton & Company.
ReadingsUndergraduate Student Handbook of School of Psychological ScienceRecommendedLa Trobe UniversityLa Trobe University (2017)
ReadingsPublication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).RecommendedAmerican Psychological AssociationAmerican Psychological Association (2010)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify appropriate information sources to support an oral and written argument with appropriate formatting and referencing schemes acceptable to international standards.

Activities:
Task: Use library resources, search databases and access journal articles in order to provide reference information for a class debate and written assessments. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Minor Essay provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Critical Essay. Summative: A mark for use of references is built into marking criteria for written assessments and the Debate (approximately 10% for each piece of assessment).
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Reflect upon the evidence gathered to prepare and orally present a persuasive argument in a team.

Activities:
Task: Prepare an argument (either negative or affirmative) on one of three topics on a contentious issue in Psychology provided at the start of semester, and present this with a group of students in the form of an oral presentation. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises; Summative: Students will be assessed on a 10 minute group oral presentation in the form of a critical analysis of a research article focussing one of 3 topics set by teaching staff (5% of total subject mark i.e. less than 500 words). The aim is to summarise and critique each section of the paper (i.e. introduction, method, results, discussion).
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Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Analyse the current research literature to define the key terms and issues and to identify lines of evidence to support an argument for or against a contemporary issue in Psychology.

Activities:
Task: Independently critically analyse research to define the key terms and issues of one of three contentious issues in Psychology to identify key lines of evidence to support an argument for or against this issue Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Minor Essay provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Critical Essay. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contribute to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Develop a logical and well supported written argument based upon empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Minor Essay provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Critical Essay. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contributes to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Recognise and apply the ethical guidelines governing appropriate academic conduct.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises and Turnitin.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

07. Apply an understanding of key areas of psychological enquiry to the wider context.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions (approximately 2000 words).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word critical essay.35 01, 03, 04, 06
One 2-hour examination.50 06, 07
One 500-word essay.10 01, 03, 04, 06
One group oral presentation (500 word equiv per student)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word critical essay.35 01, 03, 04, 06
One 2-hour examination.50 06, 07
One 500-word essay.10 01, 03, 04, 06
One group oral presentation (500 word equiv per student)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word critical essay.35 01, 03, 04, 06
One 2-hour examination.50 06, 07
One 500-word essay.10 01, 03, 04, 06
One group oral presentation (500 word equiv per student)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Mildura, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word critical essay.35 01, 03, 04, 06
One 2-hour examination.50 06, 07
One 500-word essay.10 01, 03, 04, 06
One group oral presentation (500 word equiv per student)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word critical essay.35 01, 03, 04, 06
One 2-hour examination.50 06, 07
One 500-word essay.10 01, 03, 04, 06
One group oral presentation (500 word equiv per student)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06