EXPERIMENTAL FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PSY1EFP

2015

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
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will identify and use appropriate information sources to support a written argument.

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).

02. Students will use empirical evidence to prepare and orally present a persuasive argument on a prescribed topic in Psychology in teams.

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 a debate. Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Summative: Students will be assessed on a group presentation in the form of a critical debate on one of 3 topics set by teaching staff (5% of total subject mark).

03. Students will critically analyse research to define the key terms and issues to identify lines of evidence to support an argument for or against a prescribed 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.

04. Students will be able to develop a logical and well supported written argument and conclusion based on 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.

05. Students will be able to present all written work in current edition APA format.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: 10% Minor Essay provides feedback directly applicable to 35% Critical Essay. Summative: Ten percent of the grade awarded to each written assessment is based on correct APA formatting, a further 10% is awarded for general presentation and writing style

06. Students will learn the ethical guidelines governing good academic conduct (e.g. plagiarism and collusion)

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises and Turnitin.

07. Students will develop and apply an understanding of key areas of Psychology.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Day

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
Two 1.0 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 essay35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 75% of tutorials.50 06, 07
one 500-word essay10 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one group debate5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

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
Two 1.0 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 essay35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 75% of tutorials.50 06, 07
one 500-word essay10 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one group debate5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Crowe

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 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 essay35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 75% of tutorials.50 06, 07
one 500-word essay10 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one group debate5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Mildura, 2015, Semester 1, Day

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
Two 1.0 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 essay35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 75% of tutorials.50 06, 07
one 500-word essay10 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one group debate5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Shepparton, 2015, Semester 1, Day

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
Two 1.0 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 essay35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 75% of tutorials.50 06, 07
one 500-word essay10 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one group debate5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06