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PSYC11-101: Foundations of Psychology: Development, Learning and Social January 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces students to the science and profession of psychology. The subject overviews theory and research across a number of domains within the discipline (e.g., Learning and Social Psychology) and describes how research in these domains contributes to our understanding of human behaviour. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in psychological research.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC11-101
Subject title:Introduction to Psychology: Learning and Social
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial


Prescribed resources:
  • Weiten, W. (2017). Psychology: Themes & Variations. 10th, Belmont, CA, USA: Wadsworth/Cengage
  • MindTap online resource to accompany Weiten's Psychology Themes and Variations (10th edition). [Online] Cengage.
  • O'Shea, R., & McKenzie, W. (2013). Writing for Psychology (6th Edition).. [Book] Cengage Learning.
  • American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).. American Psychological Association.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.

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Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in a number of the 'core' areas of psychology;
  2. Understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation;
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes;
  4. Use information in an ethical manner;
  5. Write a standard research report using APA structure and formatting conventions;
  6. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Journal Article Review 5% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Written Report Lab Report 20% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
*Class Participation Research Participation 5% Week 12 2, 3, 4, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) End of Semester Exam. Based on Weiten Chapters 6, 7, 8 35% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid-semester Exam. Based on Weiten Chapters 1, 2, 10 and 12. 35% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This introductory lecture provides students with an overview of the history and evolution of psychology. This lecture covers such content as the science of psychology, where psychology is at today, and the key themes in psychology (e.g., empiricism).

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This lecture provides an introduction and overview of the scientific approach, experimental research, descriptive and correlational research, statistics, evaluating research, and ethics.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The focus of this lecture is on prenatal and childhood development. Eriksonian theory regarding identity formation in adolescence is also discussed.

1, 2, 3, 6.

This lecture focuses on infant and adult attachment, attraction and liking.

In this lecture a number of key social psychological phenomena are discussed. For example, the role of cognitive schemas in perception, and biases in attribution are addressed.

In this lecture a number of key social psychological phenomena are discussed. The focus of this lecture is on conformity, compliance, and obedience. Group behaviour and processes are also addressed.

1, 2, 3, 6.

The focus of this lecture is on intelligence and intelligence testing. An overview of the different types of tests is provided. Students are also introduced to the concepts of standardization, norms, reliability, and validity in test development.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

This lecture focuses on the development of language as well as common errors in human problem solving.

In this lecture students are introduced to the theory, research, and methodology surrounding human memory. The lecture content focuses on the structure of memory, the different sensory stores (e.g., iconic and echoic memory), short-term memory, long-term memory.

The focus of this second lecture on memory is on retrieval, forgetting, the anatomy of memory, and multiple memory systems (e.g., implicit and explicit memory; procedural and declarative memory; semantic and episodic memory; and retrospective and prospective memory.

This lecture describes the theory, research and methodology of learning and conditioning under the Pavlovian paradigm.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

In this lecture the theory, research, and methodology of operant conditioning and observational learning are presented.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

No lectures or tutorials

Centrally administered exams to take place. Please see the Bond University website for the time and location of the exam for this subject.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Approved on: Nov 5, 2018. Edition: 4.4
Last updated: Dec 10, 2018.