Psychology (Units 3 & 4) - General

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General Pathway
C grade or better in Psychology (Units 1 & 2) - General
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. Think about your peers out in the school yard – how many different groups could you identify? Do they share certain characteristics that bind them together? Psychological knowledge helps us understand the way individuals form groups, function within groups and interact with other groups. This consists of knowledge associated with socialisation, moral development, the formation of attitudes and how people relate and communicate. On a larger scale, psychological knowledge can be applied to
society as a whole, helping students to understand how individuals function within different contexts and how this is influenced by culture, shaping people's values, attitudes and beliefs.
Students will be involved in the exploration and analysis of data to illustrate how scientific research methods are used to examine phenomena such as intelligence and personality.
Unit 3
The focus for this semester is on understanding ourselves, and the way that we interact with others. Students will build on their understanding of personality from Unit 1 and look further to consider how personality testing is used in different settings; from understanding performance, to a predictor of success in the field of employment. This unit has a strong emphasis on our relationships with others and students will look at the keys to forming strong relationships and build conflict resolution skills. Unit 3 will also provide students with an opportunity to understand features of the mind to support them in their studies, considering memory and strategies for improving the retrieval of information.  This unit really allows students to focus on how to improve and enhance human understanding and learning, a useful tool for many, as they are readying to leave high school!
Unit 4
This semester students are presented with the opportunity to explore the inner workings of our brain. They will explore case studies that allow them to understand the role of  different parts of the brain in how our mind works. They will then have the chance to look at the modern methods of understanding the operation of our brains such as EEGs, CAT scans and fMRIs. Students will delve beyond the brain to explore the other factors that influence our development and how we grow into adults. They will then have the opportunity to consider the roles that they play into society and consider the things that influence both their behaviour, and that of others. Students will have the opportunity to consider some of the big issues in society today and build awareness of both their own role in society and how they can help to combat such issues. This unit allows students to consider the world that they live in and helps to build key skills to make positive choices in their lives after school.
Course Assessment:
Investigation - 25%
Response - 40%
Project - 20%
Externally set task - 15%

This course will not have an external examination, however, students will be required to sit an externally set task (50 minutes duration). Note - The EST is a compulsory assessment subject to the same attendance requirements as Senior School Exams.

A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Additional Information:
This General (non-ATAR) Psychology course is a fantastic subject in which to explore the nature of human behaviour, thinking and relationships. It is extremely useful in gaining insight into how people operate as individuals, within group situations and as a part of society as a whole. This course is great for students studying a non-ATAR pathway who want a challenge in their final year of high school without the pressures of external examinations. Their studies of Psychology will also have an emphasis on the scientific method and how to conduct scientific research, assisting students to build valuable skills to allow them to critically review information and consider evidence presented to them in all aspects of their lives.
The classes will develop skills in a discussion based, engaging and interesting environment. The study  of psychology is highly relevant to further studies in health professions,  education, human resources, social sciences, sales, media and marketing, and aims to provide a better understanding of human behaviour and the means to enhance quality of life.