Psychology (T/A)

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. Students develop an understanding of themselves and others by exploring the interactions between the individuals and groups as well as the roles of biological and environmental factors.

Students develop skills which promote higher-order thinking and apply evidence-based research for understanding and interpreting human behaviour. Students develop analytical and critical thinking skills and learn to question and challenge assumptions about human behaviour. They develop skills to communicate effectively and present logical and coherent arguments.

The study of Psychology enables learners to understand how individuals think, feel and act within different contexts. Such knowledge has the potential to empower and enhance individual abilities and facilitate awareness of the human condition, along with tolerance and respect for others.

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and perspectives to explain cognition and behaviour. They analyse the nature and purpose of psychology and develop insights into types of behaviour across a range of contexts.

The study of Psychology provides continuity with many tertiary and industry courses.

 

Course Units

Unit 1: Individual Differences

This unit examines individual differences in human cognition and behaviour. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to individual differences. Through their studies, students explore the nature of the individual and how these differences relate to society. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: differences in mental abilities and intelligence, personality, development, learning and motivation.

 

Unit 2: Into the Mind

This unit examines the biological basis of human cognition and behaviour. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how individuals respond to the environment as an outcome of biological influences and interactions. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to the biological basis of behaviour. Through their studies, students explore how heredity, environmental and biological factors influence behaviour. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, emotion and neuroscience.

 

Unit 3: Psychology of Wellness

This unit examines the factors that influence physical and mental wellbeing. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how health can be positively and negatively affected by biological and environmental influences and interactions. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to the psychology of wellness. Through their studies, students explore how heredity, environmental and biological factors influence physical and mental wellbeing. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: positive psychology, mental health, stress, resilience and coping and human relationships.

 

Unit 4: Psychology in Society

This unit examines the role of psychology in society. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how humans think act and feel in a social setting. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to psychology in society. Through their studies, students explore how individual perceptions and interaction influence social relationships. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: attitudes, prejudice, forensic psychology, human relationships, organisational psychology and social influences.

 

Assessment Requirements

Tertiary

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks in Psychology:

  • In-class essays- 90 minutes (800 words),
  • Research essays and reports-
  • Year 11 (1000-1200 words); Year 12 (1200-1500 words);
  • Creative tasks Year 12 (1000 words + 500-word rationale)
  • Examinations- 90 minutes

 

Accredited

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks in Psychology:

  • In-class essays- 60 minutes (600 words)
  • Research essays and reports- Year 11 (600-800 words) Year 12 (800-1000 words)
  • Creative tasks Year 12 A (700 words + 300-word rationale)
  • Examinations- 60 minutes

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