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PSYC12014 - Social Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Social Psychology is the "scientific study of how individuals think, feel, and behave in regard to other people and how individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by other people" (Brehm, Kassin, & Fein, 2005, p. 5). Therefore, the important aspects of Social Psychology include the impact that one person has on another's behaviour and beliefs, the impact that a group has on its individual members, the impact that individual members have on a group's activities, and the impact that one group has on another group. It is a requirement of enrolment in the course that students have access to the CQU World Wide Web site via the Internet.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC 11008 & PSYC11009

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 3 - 2013

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
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. Group Discussion 10%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Examination 55%

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 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.8% 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: Peer feedback Student informal feedback Self reflection
Feedback
Though there was Indigenous content on the unit, there were limited opportunities for students to fully focus on that content for their assessments.
Recommendation
Incorporate Indigenous issues as one of the options for assessment three (critical essay).
Action Taken
Students were given an option to focus on Indigenous issues for assessment 3.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Feedback
Online tutorials were poorly attended even though student feedback was positive about having face-to-face (live) interactions with the tutor.
Recommendation
Give students greater encouragement to attend lectures. Send reminders to students of the importance of attending tutorials. Add additional learning resource to the Moodle site that explain the importance of attending and participating in online tutorials.
Action Taken
Encouragement and reminders were issued along with a video explaining the teaching methods used in the unit and the need to access all three modes of teaching (pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and readings) to be successful in the unit.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Feedback
Improve the structure of tutorials to allow a focus both on the lecture content and the unit textbook.
Recommendation
Prepare agendas for each tutorial that list 'key questions' for the tutorial discussion that feed both into the textbook (where relevant) and the lecture content.
Action Taken
Tutorials were more structured to pick up content from lectures though the use of more structured tutorial activities.
Source: Peer review and student feedback (formal unit evaluation).
Feedback
The video recording of tutorials did not provide a good experience for students as much of the tutorial was based on small group activities taking place in breakout rooms and this did not translate well in the video recording - the recording could only take place in one zoom meeting room.
Recommendation
The tutorials will not be recorded as the format of tutorials (small group activities) is inappropriate for recording with the existing technology available and students will be more strongly advised to attend tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Peer review and student feedback (informal).
Feedback
Students found tutorial activities engaging.
Recommendation
Continue using tutorial activities from 2020 to engage students on the unit. Continue to build on those activities to introduce further innovation in teaching and learning practice in tutorials in future years.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the underlying foundations of social psychology.
  2. Communicate an understanding of the major social psychological concepts of social psychology in an objective manner.
  3. Be familiar with the research methods used to study major facets of social psychology.

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