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PY1101 - Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides a general introduction to the theoretical and methodological foundations of psychological science and its applications. Drawing upon contemporary research, the subject will explore the 'how and why' behind mental processes and behaviour. Students will explore these issues in key sub-discipline areas of psychological science such as the nervous system, memory, cognition, lifespan development, cross-culture, psychological disorders and health. In order to gain a comprehensive appreciation of the content and methodology of psychology as a whole, students are strongly encouraged to also enrol in PY1102.

Learning Outcomes

  • Consolidate and synthesise knowledge of drivers of mental processes and human behaviour in core areas of psychology;
  • Describe the key theories of the major sub-disciplines of psychological science, addressed in the subject;
  • Critically appraise the scientific methodological process of psychology;
  • Reflect upon the ways in which research findings in psychology might be applied to the understanding and solution of human problems in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: must attempt and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.



JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 04-Aug-2022
Coordinator: Dr Jessica Oliva
Lecturer: Dr Peter Chew.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Jessica Oliva.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.