CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC11011 Psychology for Everyday Life
Psychology for Everyday Life
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General Information

Overview

This unit will introduce you to the various ways in which psychological theory and research can be applied to everyday life. It aims to equip you with the tools needed for your studies in psychology as well as a variety of career pathways. You will hear from guest speakers that cover specific skills from areas such as health psychology, positive psychology, coaching and counselling. The unit focuses on social innovation, exploring how to develop and implement effective solutions to challenging social and environmental issues in our community. There will also be some practical instruction on essay writing skills and critical thinking.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Annotated bibliography
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

The iChange module was too easy and the percentage grade should be reduced

Recommendation

Consider changes to the grading of this assessment.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

The instructions for Assessment 4 on the Unit Profile were too detailed.

Recommendation

Simplify the Assessment 4 instructions.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Return the essay feedback (Assessment 4) before exam week.

Recommendation

Given the time needed to give feedback on more than 200 essays, it is recommended to move this assessment deadline forward substantially to facilitate timely return to students. Consideration of the practicality of this will be given for the next iteration.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Concerns about the ordering of Assessment deadlines not corresponding to the Assessment numbering.

Recommendation

Unit Coordinator to consider practicality of re-numbering assignments to reflect order of submission.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply psychological theory and research to a range of research and/or everyday problems
  2. Demonstrate understanding of social innovation and social change
  3. Communicate ideas effectively in writing and in adherence with APA style.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Annotated bibliography - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Annotated bibliography - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields 2 (2017)

Authors: Julian Meltzoff and Harris Cooper
APA Books
Washington D.C. Washington D.C. , Washington , USA
ISBN: 978-1-4338-2710-5
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7 (2019)

Authors: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Washington D.C. Washington D.C. , Washington , USA
ISBN: 978-1-4338-3217-8
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

The Study Skills Handbook 4 (2013)

Authors: Stella Cottrell
Palgrave
ISBN: 978-1137289254
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks are available at the publisher's website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Gabrielle Rigney Unit Coordinator
g.rigney@cqu.edu.au
Bradley Smith Unit Coordinator
b.p.smith@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

The psychology of effective studying

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Counselling skills 1

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Counselling skills 2

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Health psychology

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Positive psychology

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Annotated Bibliography Due: Week 5 Monday (10 Aug 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Effective writing skills for psychology

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Coaching skills

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Ethics for everyday life

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Professional practice: Pathways in psychology and building your CV

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Professional practice: Applying your psychological skills and developing an ePortfolio

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Social innovation 1

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Social innovation 2

Chapter

Refer to Moodle website for required reading material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 12 Monday (5 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quizzes Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

You will complete eight (8) online quizzes assessing lecture content throughout the unit. The online quizzes will be completed via the Moodle website. Each quiz will consist of five (5) multiple-choice questions. Each question is worth half a mark (0.5). The eight (8) quizzes will be available from Week 1 until 9:00 am Monday, Week 13. You may complete these quizzes at any time within this period. You will only be given one opportunity to complete each quiz. The quizzes will not be timed.


The lecture topics that will be assessed through an online quiz are:

  • The psychology of effective studying
  • Counseling skills
  • Health psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • Coaching skills
  • Ethics in everyday life
  • Professional practice
  • Social innovation


Number of Quizzes

8


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST

All quizzes to be completed via Moodle by the end date.


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020)

Results will be available immediately after the completion of each quiz.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Half a mark (0.5) will be given for each correct response. Across the 8 quizzes, there are a total of 40 questions, with a maximum score for this assessment task of 20. Each quiz is not timed, but you will only be given one opportunity to complete each quiz.

There is a minimum mark of 50% for this assessment task. That is, to successfully pass this unit you must obtain at least 10/20 for this assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate understanding of social innovation and social change


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Annotated bibliography

Assessment Title
Annotated Bibliography

Task Description

In Week 1, on the Moodle website, there will be a list of applied psychological skills that are discussed during lectures in this unit. You will select one (1) of these skills to focus on for both Assessment 2 - Annotated Bibliography, and Assessment 3 - Essay. Note: Both the annotated bibliography and the essay focus must focus on the same topic.

For this assessment, you will be required to complete an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography allows you to provide an overview of your topic and will help you to prepare for Assessment 3 - Essay. This task provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your research skills in locating current and relevant peer-reviewed journal articles to the chosen topic, as well as your APA referencing skills.

You will need to identify five (5) relevant journal articles to your chosen applied psychological skill, provide a full correct reference (in APA 7th style) for each journal article, and then write a brief summary, in your own words, outlining the relevance of each journal article. Each summary should be a maximum of 100 words. The annotated bibliography will be submitted through the Moodle website. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Monday (10 Aug 2020) 9:00 am AEST

To be submitted through the Moodle website.


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Monday (24 Aug 2020)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be graded out of 30 marks. Marks will be allocated according to each of the following criteria:

  • Selection of five (5) relevant journal articles to the chosen topic (10 marks).
  • The summary of each journal article is clear and representative; it is of sufficient length (i.e., adhered to word limit); and is written with correct spelling and grammar (10 marks).
  • Correct APA referencing and formatting of the five (5) journal articles (10 marks).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply psychological theory and research to a range of research and/or everyday problems
  • Communicate ideas effectively in writing and in adherence with APA style.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay

Task Description

In Week 1, on the Moodle website, there will be a list of applied psychological skills that are discussed during lectures in this unit. You will select one (1) of these skills to focus on for both Assessment 2 - Annotated Bibliography, and Assessment 3 - Essay. Note: Both the annotated bibliography and the essay focus must focus on the same topic.


For this assessment, you will be required to write an essay on your chosen applied psychological skill. This task provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your critical reading and thinking skills, and your ability to formulate a clear written assessment. The essay should be between 1000-1200 words and include a minimum of ten (10) peer-reviewed journal articles (5 that were covered in your annotated bibliography, and 5 additional articles).


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (5 Oct 2020) 9:00 am AEST

To be submitted through the Moodle website.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be graded out of 50 marks. The full marking rubric will be provided on the Moodle website. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply psychological theory and research to a range of research and/or everyday problems
  • Communicate ideas effectively in writing and in adherence with APA style.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

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