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Psychology 100

2014 unit code: PSY10003 (formerly LSY100)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points

1 Semester

Contact hours36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)

  LCR102 Foundations of Statistics

Related course(s)

Co-badged with PSS110

Effective 2010,
  current students refer to unit outline.

This is a prescribed unit of study in the Business Major/s and Social Science Major/s. It may also be undertaken as a unit of study in any other Swinburne degree program, subject to the prerequisite and degree requirements.

Aims and objectives

Psychology 100 and Psychology 101 are designed to introduce students to the content and method of psychology.

Teaching methods

Units will be taught in a variety of modes including face to face, online, distance and blended modes. Delivery of this unit may be through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and online.


Written reports (individual) 45%
Online tests (individual) 15%
Examination (individual) 40%
REP (up to 6% extra-credit)

Generic skills outcomes

This unit will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to students progress in attaining generic skills such as:
• Analysis skills
• Problem solving skills
• Communications skills
• Ability to work independently


Topics include:
• Psychology as a science
• Ethics in research
• Biological foundations of behaviour
• Sensation
• Perception
• Consciousness
• Learning
• Memory
• Language

Text books

1. Burton, Westen & Kowalski (2012) Psychology, 3rd edition.

2. Findlay (2012) How to write Psychology Lab Reports, 6th edition.