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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20.22% 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: 'Have your say' on Moodle
Students found the review materials provided for studying the quizzes and written assessment were very helpful
Continue to develop innovative study materials relating to the assessments (including animations).
Action Taken
Extra study materials, such as animations, were provided.
Source: Student feedback during tutorials
Students found watching the Carol Dweck TedTalk about 'Growth Mindset' helpful for understanding how to succeed at university
Continue to provide resources to students that focus on effective study skills to help them succeed in this unit.
Action Taken
The Carol Dweck Tedtalk was played during a tutorial and students said they found the talk motivating.
Source: Staff feedback
Weekly tutorial sessions were well attended and feedback from students was very positive
Ensure tutorials and drop-in sessions are made available to students each week.
Action Taken
Tutorials and chat sessions were made available to students.
Source: 'Have your say' on Moodle
Students who could not make the chat sessions wanted a recording if assessments were discussed.
Record chat sessions and upload to Moodle if assessments are discussed.
Action Taken
Tutorials and chat sessions were recorded and uploaded to Moodle.
Source: 'Have your Say' feedback.
Animation reminder prompts that were incorporated in the weekly PowerPoints assisted with learning the material.
Incorporate animations in future PowerPoint presentations.
Action Taken
Source: 'Have your Say' feedback and in-class comments.
Repetition of concepts in different formats (for example, real-world examples, videos, and tutorial discussions along with lectures) helped consolidate information.
Continue to present concepts and theories via different formats.
Action Taken
Source: 'Have your Say' feedback and feedback on the Moodle discussion board.
Prompt and detailed explanations to questions were helpful.
Provide detailed and prompt replies to questions.
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
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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
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