Course Outline

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B

Course Coordinator:Karina Rune ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides an introduction to psycho-biological aspects of human functioning. These aspects of human functioning are applied in the context of understanding sensation and perception, learning and conditioning, cognitive and linguistic processes, the structure of memory, the origins of intelligence, and psychological disorders. The course also provides an introduction to methods of experimental psychology and how psychological reports are constructed.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 1 hour learning materials to review on Canvas in student own time 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop - 2 hours 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Refer to CANVAS for details 1hr Week 1 2 times
Learning materials – 1 hour learning materials to review on Canvas in student own time 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – A weekly synchronous 2-hour online workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Science and pseudoscience in psychology
  • Research methods
  • Biological Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Consciousness
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Thinking, Reasoning, and Language
  • Intelligence and IQ Testing
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychological and Biological Treatments

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Remember, comprehend, apply, review, and explain the terminology, topics, issues, and theories of psychology. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Critically review empirical literature on a psychology topic and prepare a laboratory report, that includes clear and concise academic writing and the appropriate use of APA formatting requirements. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Use the scientific method to critically analyse information and develop knowledge about research designs. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Participate in and identify different types of psychological research designs and methodologies used in psychological research. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will undertake early formative quizzes before Week 5, using an online format to assess their understanding of the course content.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 30%
Approximately 20-40 minutes.
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Report Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral Individual or Group 25%
More information about length will be available on Canvas.
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 4 Activity Participation Individual 5%
Approximately 2.5 hours
Week 13 To be Negotiated
All - Assessment Task 1:Task 1 Multiple Choice Quizzes
The aim of the Multiple Choice Quizzes is for students to develop an understanding of the course content, to apply the knowledge of the course content, and to demonstrate their understanding of this knowledge.
Product: Quiz/zes
SUBMIT:  Weeks 4, 7, 10 and 13

This assessment task requires students to complete a series of multiple-choice questions (via Canvas) on the content covered in this course.

A more detailed outline of the requirements of this assessment item (as well as the start and closing times for each online assessment) will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and correctness of responses
All - Assessment Task 2:Task 2 Laboratory Report
The goals of this task are for you to communicate your understanding of psychological research and to correctly write and format a psychology laboratory report.
Product: Report
You will be required to address a set topic given by the Course Coordinator (via Canvas). 

The laboratory report will have a title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, and discussion. APA style (7th edition) is required for in-text citations, reference list, and format. 

A more detailed outline of the requirements of this assessment item will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Details of the criteria and rubric will be provided on Canvas in Week 1
2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Task 3 Oral Presentation
The goal is the work in a small group to create an oral presentation on a given topic within psychology.
Product: Oral
More information will be available in Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Oral Presentation
1 3
All - Assessment Task 4:Task 4 Research Participation
The goal of this task is for you to gain experience in psychological research by participating in  research projects, as advertised on Take Part.
Product: Activity Participation
You are invited to participate in selected research projects on offer by the psychology team (including research conducted by Honours, Masters, and PhD students). This task gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself, and receive 'hands on' experience, with the conduct of psychological research. More information will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Research participation

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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