Foundations of Psychology (10444.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Psychology
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| 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 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe some of the main research areas in Psychology;
2. Explain the major psychological theories and findings relevant to these main study areas;
3. Reflect on and engage with psychological knowledges to identify and solve challenges in personal and professional contexts; and
4. Build awareness of the diversity of individuals and cultures in practical and research settings, including with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and other culturally diverse populations.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Equivalent units4310 Psychology 102
|Teaching start date
|29 July 2024
|Dr Ananthan Ambikairajah
Introduction to Psychology: An Interactive Top Hat Text
Reference: Altman, M., Jacobi, L., Beston, B., Brown, K., Burton, E.T., Carducci, B., Darlaston-Jones, D., Dudgeon, P.,Hummel, J., Lukowski, A., Poplock, S., Slonecker, E., Swisher, M., VanArsdall, J., Vervaeke, J., & Wehe, H. (2020). Introduction to Psychology-Australian edition: A Top Hat Interactive Text. Top Hat Monocle.
This is an interactive textbook, which contains high quality content that can be easily accessed from your laptop, mobile phone, or tablet. Top Hat textbooks offer a hands-on reading experience that includes questions to test your knowledge, YouTube videos, body simulations and interactive diagrams.
Like in hard copy textbooks, you can also highlight text and add comments to the text. Moreover, you can print the chapter if you prefer reading offline. However, be aware that by printing and reading offline you lose all the exciting interactive features that facilitate your learning.
This textbook is the required textbook for this unit - you are required to borrow/use this textbook from the library or purchase it. Research provides strong evidence that students who access and engage with the textbook accomplish higher grades.
Borrowing/using the book from UC library
The following site provides all relevant information for accessing the Top Hat textbook from UC library:
The code for this course is 936109
Purchasing the book
To purchase the book, you will need to purchase access from the publisher. Purchasing the Top Hat textbook for this also covers you for 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour - you will not need to purchase a textbook for 11399.
If you already purchased the textbook for 11399 using the year long access option, simply click the link provided and you will be able to enter the course right away or you may have to renew their subscription for the semester. You don't need to purchase the book again. If you only purchased access to semester 1, you will need to purchase another subscription for this semester.
You will get an invitation by Top Hat with a link to the textbook. Please follow the instruction provided in this invitation.
This invitation will also include an embedded getting started video and a link to the Top Hat Support Team in case you need any assistance.
When you check out, you have the choice to purchase a one semester, one year or 5 year subscription. If you only study this unit, we recommend you choose the one semester option. If are considering studying 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour as well, we recommend you choose the one year option because this option gives you more value.
You can also follow these three steps:
- Read how to create your account.
- Click on this link.
2. Sign-up for a Top Hat online account
3. Follow the prompts to access the textbook ($63.00 - this purchase buys you lifetime access to this book)
If the website asks for a join code - please use 936109
Top Hat offers you a 7 day free trial period that will give you full access for free. You also will have 2-weeks from the time you purchase to submit a request for a full refund. So if you decide to leave the unit within the 2 weeks, you will just need to contact Top Hat and they will process the refund.
Using the book
To find out how to use the book, watch this quick start guide video.
You can access the book through a desktop using Chrome or Firefox or via the Top Hat app on an Android or iOS mobile device. Ensure that you are using the latest security updates.
The book employs interactive learning resources. Full use of these resources requires a reliable broadband internet connection. While the preloaded text can be used offline, videos will not play.
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Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
In order to pass this unit, the essay and the final exam must be submitted for evaluation, plus overall students need to achieve a mark of at least 50% for this unit.
If you receive a mark in excess of 50% for this unit, but have not completed the compulsory assessment items, you will fail this unit.
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- unit number
- assessment item name
- extension request
Message body should include:
- your first name, surname, and student ID
- unit number and name
- assessment item name
- length of extension requested
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Attachments including an Assignment Extension Form (which can be found at http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/forms) and supporting documentary evidence, for example:
- A medical certificate signed by a registered medical, dental, or health practitioner. The certificate must contain the registered provider number, the duration of the student's incapacity to study, and the date of consultation.
- A death notice or other appropriate documentation for bereavement.
Note: An extension must be applied for before the due date of the assessment item that an extension is sought for.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit consists of twelve lectures (Weeks 1 and 12 are face-to-face, 2-7 and 9-11 are pre-recorded and 13 is live-online) and ten tutorials (starting in Week 2, either face-to-face or online, depending on your enrollment choice). When attending and participating in lectures and tutorials, it is expected that students be mindful of others' rights to teach/learn, be respectful of staff and fellow students by having mobile phones switched off or to silent mode, and that personal/private conversations be conducted outside the classroom environment.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have basic IT skills in order to navigate Canvas. Regular access to Canvas is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit to enable access to announcements, discussion forums, completion of online quizzes and for online submission of assignments. It is also expected that all students will have basic word processing skills.
This unit may involve online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Semester 2, 2023, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (214849)
- Semester 2, 2022, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (208277)
- Semester 2, 2021, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (201733)
- Winter Term, 2021, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (201117)
- Semester 2, 2020, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (197389)
- Winter Term, 2020, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (197390)