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PSYC11009 - Social Foundations of Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the social and cultural bases of human behaviour. It examines human lifespan development, including cognitive and social development; social psychology, including interpersonal behaviour and social cognition; and personality, including theories of personality and mental health, abnormal behaviour, and health psychology. It is a requirement of enrolment that students have access to the CQU Website via the Internet.

Details

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 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
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
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2022 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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.87% 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’ student evaluation
Feedback
Students stated that doing the practice quizzes helped them learn the unit content.
Recommendation
Continue providing practice quizzes on Moodle.
Action Taken
Practice quizzes were provided again this year.
Source: 'Have Your Say’ student evaluation
Feedback
Students stated that the cartoon videos explaining academic skills such as how to paraphrase were useful.
Recommendation
Continue developing innovative ways to explain assessments to students.
Action Taken
Cartoon videos explaining academic skills were provided again this year. A cartoon Week 12 review video was also provided.
Source: 'Have Your Say’ student evaluation
Feedback
Students stated that the Crash Course videos were helpful for learning the unit content.
Recommendation
Continue providing Crash Course videos on Moodle.
Action Taken
Crash Course videos were provided again this year.
Source: 'Have your say' on Moodle
Feedback
Students found the review materials provided for studying the quizzes and written assessment were very helpful
Recommendation
Continue to develop innovative study materials relating to the assessments (including animations).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback during tutorials
Feedback
Students found watching the Carol Dweck TedTalk about 'Growth Mindset' helpful for understanding how to succeed at university
Recommendation
Continue to provide resources to students that focus on effective study skills to help them succeed in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff feedback
Feedback
Weekly tutorial sessions were well attended and feedback from students was very positive
Recommendation
Ensure tutorials and drop-in sessions are made available to students each week.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' on Moodle
Feedback
Students who could not make the chat sessions wanted a recording if assessments were discussed.
Recommendation
Record chat sessions and upload to Moodle if assessments are discussed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. have a good, general, knowledge of the major principles and theories of the Social Foundations of Psychology
  2. have a knowledge of the application of these principles to human behaviour
  3. have developed an understanding and working knowledge of writing and research skills central to psychology

Many who show an interest in psychology ask the question "What do you do when you study psychology?" The answer to this is not simple because psychology is a complex and comprehensive field. During this unit (and Biological Foundations of Psychology PSYC11008) you will gain a familiarity with the breadth of Psychology taught at CQU. As a student of Psychology you will learn, not only about human (and non-human) behaviour, but also about the methodology and techniques of Psychology. Finally, this unit introduces the student to the "culture, language, expressions, and writing style" used by professional psychologists.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - 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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Quiz(zes)