Course Outline

SCS101 Foundations of Human Behaviour

Course Coordinator:Cindy Davis ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC 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 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 you with foundational knowledge of human behaviour and of major topics in contemporary psychology. You will learn how we perceive the world then process and store this information, how behaviour changes with age, how people differ from each other, how we interact and form groups, and about types of behavioural disorders. You will also learn to apply this knowledge about human behaviour to real-world issues in other discipline areas including criminology, social work, and counselling. The course is specifically designed for students not enrolled in psychology programs.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Weekly course content 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Assessment preparation 2hrs Week 8 2 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Weekly course content 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Assessment Preparation 2hrs Week 8 2 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Biological understanding of behaviour
  • Cognitive understanding of behaviour
  • Social understanding of behaviour
  • Human development
  • Stress, health and coping
  • Cross-cultural understanding of behaviour
  • Personality
  • Psychological disorders and treatments
  • (All topics contain adult themes)


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 Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Association of Social Workers
1 Identify concepts, theories and research relating to the study of human behaviour and its application to your discipline area. Knowledgeable
3, 3.1, 3.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.4
2 Apply analysis and critical thinking to evaluate a current behaviour issue in your discipline. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3, 3.1, 3.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 7.1
3 Communicate constructs about human behaviour and apply to your discipline Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3.1, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.4, 7.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Association of Social Workers
3 Culturally responsive and inclusive practice
3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity
3.2 Respect and strive to understand and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures
4 Knowledge for practice
4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of practice
4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and concepts
4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice
4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and knowledge sources inform practice
5 Applying knowledge to practice
5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice
7.1 Record and manage information appropriately

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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


Must not be enrolled in an accredited Psychology Program i.e. AR374, AR405, AB314, AB315, AR302 or AR364


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

Early feedback on your performance in this course will be available via the formative quiz in week 3, and also via weekly Kahoot quizzes in the tutorials.

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 Written Piece Individual 10%
100 words
Week 2 Online Discussion Board
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual 40%
30 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 50%
To fit on a digital A3 poster
Week 12 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Discussion Post
Demonstrate an understanding and application of key course concepts
Product: Written Piece
Discussion board post
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of critical thinking and a clear understanding of key concepts.
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Online quizzes
The purpose of this task is for you to identify and describe foundational concepts and theories underpinning human behaviour. These quizzes will assist in providing feedback on your learning throughout the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
Submit: Weeks 3, 6, 10, 13. 

This task requires you to complete a series of online quizzes in Canvas (4 quizzes in total). 

Each quiz will focus on the content covered in the related weeks of the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Comprehend, apply and communicate using the language of human behaviour
Identify and comprehend related course content
1 3
Recognise, evaluate and apply human behaviour theories within various contexts
All - Assessment Task 3:Behaviour Analysis Digital Poster
The goal of this task is for you to apply your cumulative understanding of the multidimensional nature of human behaviour to analyse the behaviour of a known identity in contemporary society
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
This task requires you to choose a famous/infamous identity from current popular culture or from the past to research and analyse.
The infographic presented should consider the following aspects:
•	Who? Subject, background
•	What? Behaviour demonstrated and implications
•	Why? Internal and external influences, possible explanations for behaviour grounded in theory (a minimum of one theories covered in the course and one additional theory or psychological concept)
•	Conclusion and justification
•	References
Examples of behaviour analysis will be modelled during class in the weeks prior to your task submission date. Template available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identify and articulate relevant behavioural attributes of chosen identity
Research, interpret and synthesise human behaviour theories and constructs
Analyse and critically evaluate behaviour to reach a conclusion, drawn from appropriate literature and theory
Apply ICT skills to organise, present and communicate information in a digital poster format
Reference evidence in accurate and appropriate style and document through correct use of citations, quotations and bibliography

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. 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

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Scott O. Lilienfeld / Steven Jay Lynn / Laura L. Namy / Graham Jamieson / Anthony Marks / Virginia Slaughter 2018 Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding 3rd Pearson Education Australia

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

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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