Introduction to Psychology

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Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the Unit
Unit overview
This unit focuses on understanding psychological theory and its application to life. It provides you with an understanding of:


psychology as a social science



the biological basis of behaviour



psychological development through the lifespan



sensation and perception



states of consciousness



memory, learning and conditioning theories



cognition, language, creativity and intelligence



motivation and emotion



personality



psychological disorders and their treatment



health, stress and coping

Unit objectives
By the conclusion of this unit, you should be able to:


demonstrate and describe the role of psychology in various areas of life



demonstrate an understanding of psychology as a social science



use basic terminology and concepts of psychological theory



apply psychological theories to your own life

Textbook
The textbook for this unit is by Weiten, W., Dunn, D. S., & Hammer, E. Y. (2012). Psychology applied to modern life: Adjustment in the 21st century (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

This manual directs you to the relevant chapters of your textbook associated with each section.

Unit Overview

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Introduction to Psychology

Studying for this unit
The content of this unit has been designed to maximise the learning and the integration of the subject matter. Some of the unit material may be specific to the Australian context. Students are encouraged to access additional information relevant to their local area that will assist in applying the learning. This may include specific legislation, professional associations and locally published journals. It is important that your learning is broadbased. Accessing local resources that build on what is contained in this unit will greatly assist your learning.

In studying this unit, you will need a notebook for completing the activities and selfassessment for each section. Within your notebook, you may like to set aside space for: •

completing a glossary of new terminology introduced in this unit



personal notes on unit content and readings

In general, students are expected to:


read each section of the unit carefully and make notes on anything which is new, vague, tentative or in conflict with your knowledge or experience



complete each activity fully and honestly before moving on



complete readings of the textbook, making notes of important insights or facts

There may be periodic suggestions or issues on which you are asked to deliberate and reflect. Sometimes these are dilemmas or difficult issues associated with the study topic. These have no obvious right or wrong answers.

Activities
Appropriate activities are set throughout the unit to give opportunities for further learning. They are designed to help you think through and practise the specific skills and general concepts presented in this unit. They do not need to be sent to the unit educator for marking. However, valuable learning opportunities may be missed by not completing the activities.

Readings
The manual directs you to readings that are found in the ‘Readings Pack’. These readings are selected from journals and books that provide additional information or a different perspective on topics covered in each section. They are from a range of authorities and expand the content of this unit.

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Self-assessment
There are self-assessment questions at the end of each section to test your understanding of the section’s content. Try to recall the answers to these questions unaided. Write down what you remember, before going back to review the relevant material in the section. Some of the questions will require more than simple recall. Some will require bringing together separate issues or different pieces of information. Real...
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