PSYC11009 - Fundamentals of Psychology 2: Psychological Literacy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to the concept of psychological literacy, which explores the use of psychological science to help solve problems faced by humans in their everyday lives. Psychological literacy encapsulates the graduate attributes that you will acquire through completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, including discipline knowledge, acting ethically, understanding and fostering respect for diversity, problem solving skills, communicating effectively, and being insightful and reflective about one’s own and others’ behaviour. Thus, in this unit, you will develop your psychological literacy by learning how to take the primary principles, theories and knowledge you have learned in PSYC11010 and apply these to a range of real-world contexts at a personal, professional, and societal level.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite: PSYC11010.

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.24% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 13.93% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Students valued the feedback provided for Assessment 2 - Written Assessment and how it directly related to Assessment 3 - Dragon's Den Pitch.
Maintain the current assessment structure and ensure that feedback provided for Assessment 2 - Written Assessment is detailed and directly relevant to assisting the student build on their ideas in Assessment 3 - Dragon's Den Pitch.
Action Taken
The assessment structure was retained and the feedback provided for Assessment 2 - Written Assessment was directly relevant to assisting the students to build on their ideas for Assessment 3 - Dragon's Den Pitch.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Students appreciated the weekly quizzes that helped keep them engaged with the unit and consolidate their learning.
Continue to offer the quizzes on a weekly basis.
Action Taken
Quizzes continued to be offered on a weekly basis.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Most students enjoyed having a wide range of guest lecturers across the term, however some students commented that the varying lecture styles within the Unit took some adjusting to.
In the first week of term, the Unit Coordinator will provide a clear overview of the unit structure and help to set up student expectations for the range of guest lecturers. Information will be provided on the benefits of having experts on a range of topics present throughout the term.
Action Taken
In the first week of term, the Unit Coordinator provided a clear overview of the unit structure and communicated the benefits of having a range of guest lecturers and topics.
Source: Student feedback via email and Q&A forum
Students encountered technical difficulties in uploading videos for Assessment 3 - Dragon's Den Pitch. Options included both uploading to Moodle directly and to Echo360.
Provide written instructions to support students to upload video assessments including contact details for the Technology and Services Assistance Centre (TASAC) if they encounter problems.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback during lectures
Students particularly appreciated those lectures that raised awareness regarding career paths and research areas that they had previously been unaware of.
Consider incorporating potential career and research options relevant to the topic areas of each of the lectures to demonstrate the wide range of options provided to psychology graduates.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain relevant concepts, theories and principles to specific aspects of human behaviour.
  2. Apply principles of psychological literacy to personal, professional and social issues in real-world scenarios.
  3. Communicate ideas effectively in oral and written form.

This unit addresses Foundational Competencies as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The unit specifically aligns to the following APAC graduate competencies:

1.1 Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the following topics: i. the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology; ii. individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality; iv. psychological disorders and evidence-based interventions; v. learning and memory; vi. cognition, language and perception; vii. motivation and emotion; viii. neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour; ix. lifespan developmental psychology; x. social psychology and xii. research methods and statistics.

1.2 Apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.

1.3 Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.

1.4 Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology.

1.6 Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10