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Understanding People and Behaviour (11399.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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  • Semester 1, 2021, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (200770) - View
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This unit will introduce students to the science of psychology and its applications. Specifically, employing psychological science to understand differences in how people think and behave in a range of real world situations faced by professionals during placements and post-university. This unit is applicable to students from a range of disciplines, such as health, psychology, business, law, science, technology, design and the arts. Through a series of case studies you will be introduced to a range of theories to understand people and behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Analyse and select major theories and research in psychology;

2. Interpret theories and concepts to explain why people behave as they do in a range of situations; and

3. Apply this knowledge in practical exercises and in written assessment.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two hours per week of lectures and up to two hours per week of tutorials in flexible delivery mode.





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Equivalent Units

4309 Psychology 101

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