Psychology (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
Humanities and Social Sciences B grade/ Exam 65% - and a Pass grade in Science and Maths
Course Description:

Are you interested in the way that we think? The way that we feel? Or even the way that we behave? If so, Psychology is the course for you.

It aims to answer important questions such as what motivates people and what factors influence their development.  Psychological knowledge helps us understand factors relating to individuals such as the way we think, biological influences and personality. The Year 11 ATAR course will introduce students to some of the key theories and research that have  shaped the way that we understand ourselves, others and the world around us. It will also provide them with scientific research skills that equip them to evaluate the claims we see made in the media and around us, and preparing students for the style of assessment they can expect in future university studies. Students will have the opportunity to investigate how others think, feel and act, undertaking psychological investigations as a part of this course. Psychology is very useful, both to individuals assisting us to improve ourselves and  our relationships, and to society as a whole. It can be applied to any context in which humans are involved. Through this course, students gain valuable insights and understandings into both themselves and their worlds

Unit One

There is a terrible accident; an explosion shoots a metal rod straight through a man’s head, miraculously he survives! What does the psychologist do? Studies him of course, because
he is fascinating! In Unit 1 students will consider the biological basis of behaviour, studying the  brain and other parts of our nervous system in order to understand how our  thoughts, feelings and the way that we behave are influenced by these things. They will consider the impact of drugs and exercise on these and how they alter the processes in our  brains. Students will be introduced to the concept of intelligence and consider the differences between individuals asking the question ‘why do some see things differently to  others?’ They will have the opportunity to consider our interactions with others, including changes in friendships and social behaviour over time and how attraction works. They will also have the opportunity to reflect on their communication skills and develop better understanding of effective communication. Skills will also be gained in scientific research and  analysis.
Unit Two

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. How good are you at making decisions and what might it say about you? In Unit 2 students will have the opportunity to explore the  different facets of personality and how they can be measured. They will develop an understanding of different approaches within the field of psychology and how they attempt to explain how we think, feel and act. Students will also have the opportunity to explore how we develop as individuals and the role of others in this, studying the role of nature and  nurture in who we are. Our role in society and our interactions with others will also be looked at, considering how our behaviour is influenced by the presence of others and how  attitudes are formed. Students will apply their knowledge to pop culture and their peers through scientific investigations.

Course Assessment:
Investigation - 20%
Response - 30%
Projects - 20%
Examinations - 30%

Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Further Study:
Psychology (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR
Additional Information:
Additional information about this course – The study of psychology is highly relevant to further  studies in the health professions, education, human resources, social sciences, sales, media and marketing and management as well as the direct professions of: counsellor, sports psychologist,  therapist, clinical psychologist, forensic psychologist, criminologist,  rehabilitation therapist, psychiatric nursing, military psychologist and organisational psychologist.