PSYC13022 - Learning & Behaviour Modification

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an understanding of the environmental and cultural factors that control and modify behaviour. Theories of behaviour including Classical, Operant and Social/Observational Learning approaches are examined and discussed in relation to both animal and human research. Theories of behaviour modification will also be considered within the health context. There is a focus on applying theory to real-world situations and critically evaluating published research relevant to each topic. The latter half of the unit takes the theoretical approaches covered in the first 8 weeks and applies them to modifying behaviour within real-world situations such as intimate partner violence, drug use/abuse, and psychological disorders (e.g., Eating Disorders).


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 96 credit points.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.17% 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 feedback in "Have your say".
Suggestion was made to increase the number of compulsory forum contributions and perhaps not have an essay response in the exam for future iterations.
Assessments will be reviewed.
Action Taken
The number of compulsory focus questions was not increased however the removal of an essay response in the exam was trailed. The essay response was replaced with a crossword style format.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback
Request for consideration of changes to the weighting of assessment items. In particular, increase weighting for focus questions and essay. This would result in a reduction of weighting in the exam.
The assessments and weighting will be reviewed and adjusted to ensure they reflect the volume of work.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say" student feedback
Loved the integration of theory and concepts with real world application.
The current format for weekly schedule and lectures should be maintained.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say" student feedback
Grateful for the focus questions as this form of assessment allowed me to solidify my learning, improve writing and APA format.
Focus questions have been a consistent part of this Unit and will remain.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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