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Psychology 101

2014 unit code: PSY10004 (formerly LSY101)

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)



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Related course(s)

Co-Badged with PSS120 (Open Universities Australia)

Effective 2010, current students refer to unit oultine

This is a prescribed unit of study in the 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 101 and Psychology 100 are designed to introduce students to a wide variety of introductory content areas that form the building blocks of psychology that are developed further in more advanced units.

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 and problem solving skills
• Understanding of research methodology, including ethics and the critical evaluation of research
• Communications skills
• Writing in a clear, scientific manner
• Basic understanding of how people think and behave
• Ability to work independently


This unit concentrates on intelligence, motivation and emotion. Other topics covered include personality, sexuality, stress and coping and psychopathology. Students are also introduced to social and developmental psychology.

Text books

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

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