PSYC11009 - Social Foundations of Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the social and cultural bases of human behaviour. You will examine: • human lifespan development, including cognitive and social development • social psychology, including interpersonal behaviour and social cognition • personality, including theories of personality, mental health, and abnormal behaviour.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online

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. Written Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 60%

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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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 Feedback Survey
Feedback
Tutorials provided in Townsville were greatly appreciated by the students based in that area.
Recommendation
Consider making tutorials available at other major sites not covered by the internal or ISL lectures.
Action Taken
Tutorials were made available to all students. There were on-campus tutors at Townsville and Bundaberg. Students at Rockhampton were able to meet with a tutor on-campus. Live online tutorials were held weekly by the unit coordinator for distance students or those unable to attend on-campus tutorials.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
Moodle site can be challenging to navigate.
Recommendation
A continuing process of improving Moodle navigation and resources along with dedicating more time in early weeks to explain how to navigate the Moodle unit page.
Action Taken
The Moodle website was modified this term, using specific icons to help navigate the types of resources provided. A document was provided to students outlining how to navigate the Moodle website. Time was taken to explain the Moodle website at the beginning of the term, and students commented that this was particularly helpful.
Source: "Have your say" student evaluations
Feedback
Students appreciated the practice quizzes that were provided to familarise themselves with the process prior to the quiz assessments. Some students also requested the inclusion of weekly quiz questions.
Recommendation
Continue to provide practice quizzes as an option for students to complete prior to the assessment quizzes. Additionally, including a small number of weekly quiz questions either as an online assessment or as a 'test yourself' activity during the weekly lectures should also be considered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student evaluations
Feedback
Students found the weekly tutorials to be valuable for their learning.
Recommendation
Continuing to offer a time to meet outside of the lecture as an option to all students may be beneficial. This would allow students the opportunity to ask questions and have further discussion regarding weekly lecture content, assessments, and general skills such as referencing and writing structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify a good, general, knowledge of the major principles and theories of the Social Foundations of Psychology
  2. Apply knowledge of the major principles and theories to human behaviour
  3. Demonstrate writing and research skills relevant to psychology.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)