PSYC11010 - Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to the primary philosophies and key theories and frameworks that are fundamental to the study of psychology. You will examine the interplay of biological and social factors that underpin our understanding of people and behaviour. The biological content of the unit explores the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and behaviour, and states of consciousness. The social content of the unit introduces you to motivation and emotion, human lifespan development, social cognition and perception and cross-cultural psychology, personality, psychological disorders, and intelligence. This unit is applicable to students studying a psychology course and those students from a variety of courses.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Term 3 - 2022 Profile

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 40%
2. 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

Past Exams

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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 26.85% 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 evaluations
Students appreciated the weekly activities that helped keep them engaged with the unit and consolidate their learning.
Continue to provide weekly activities, such as the Stop and Review questions (Assessment 1), and the fill in the blank questions that correspond to the required reading, on the unit Moodle website.
Action Taken
Stop and Review questions were completed weekly, with fill in the blank assessments available every week (though these were ungraded).
Source: Student evaluations
Students suggested including more specific detail within the marking rubric for the concept map (Assessment 2).
Revise the marking rubric for the concept map (Assessment 2), to include more specific detail of what is expected for each marking component.
Action Taken
The marking rubric was slightly updated to reflect the information provided on Moodle, and two drop in sessions dedicated to the concept map and marking criteria were held (and were recorded and uploaded to Moodle).
Source: Student feedback
The lectures in 2021 were on a Friday afternoon, which made it difficult to meet the Monday morning due date for the weekly Stop and Review questions. This meant that these questions needed to be completed at the same time or shortly after the content was being delivered.
Take into account class timetabling when setting the due date of the weekly Stop and Review questions. If the class is again timetabled late in the week, amend the due date so that it is later the following week (rather than Monday morning).
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
More example concept maps available to explain the marking and assessment requirements.
Provide additional concept maps on Moodle from previous years to demonstrate assessment requirements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the biological and social contributors to human behaviour.
  2. Discuss the major principles and theories related to the study of human behaviour.
  3. Reflect on, and engage with, key psychological concepts in an objective manner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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