Psychology (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR

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Course Code:
ATPSY
Pathway:
University Pathway
Pre-requisites:
Grade C or above in Psychology (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR
Course Description:
Students:
  • understand how human behaviour can be defined, and the relationship between the internal and external factors that influence how humans think, feel and act
  • understand the different theoretical approaches to the various areas or domains of psychology
  • understand psychology provides scientific explanations of behaviour with particular principles, procedures and approaches to data.
  • develop and select questions and ideas or hypotheses and plan and conduct research to test these ideas in a reliable, valid and ethical way
  • collect, record, classify, quantify and process data and information in organised, logical and ethical ways
  • interpret and evaluate findings in relation to ideas or hypotheses being tested and reflect on the design of the research
  • use psychological knowledge and understandings to explain thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • apply knowledge and understandings reflecting the values of the discipline of psychology
  • explore and interpret human behaviour in the everyday world using psychological theory and principles
  • interpret information received and communicate feelings, thoughts and ideas with purpose, understanding and critical awareness
  • explain psychological understandings to a range of audiences for a range of purposes.
 
Unit 3 - The functions of the lobes of the cerebral cortex and how messages are transmitted from the brain to the body.
It explores how behaviour is influenced by learning and other factors, and the impact of others on individual behaviour. Students examine socialisation processes observed within
families and how social background and gender can shape communication styles. Students expand on their knowledge of ethics in psychological research as they engage in detailed investigations. 
 
Unit 4 - The developmental and contemporary personality theories, and behaviours observed when individuals are examined in the social context.
 
Students analyse the causes of conformity and obedience and gain an understanding of the factors that shape a sense of community. Students continue to develop their understanding and application of psychological research methods.
Course Assessment:
Investigation - 15%
Response - 30%
Project - 15%
Examinations - 40%

Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Additional Information:
Psychology allows for the possibility of many vocations some of which include Counsellor, Sports Psychologist, Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Criminologist, Rehabilitation Therapist, Psychiatric Nursing, Military Psychologist and Teaching.
Additional Costs:
Excursions - $100
Competitions - $10