PSYC105-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


An introduction to the brain and its role in thought and behaviour, and to perception, learning and cognition.

Psychology is a diverse and thriving science devoted to understanding behaviour and the human mind. In PSYC105 you will receive an introduction to the following areas: positive psychology; research methods; visual perception; judgment and decision making; learning and behaviour change; forensic psychology; neuropsychology; drugs and behaviour; memory and cognition; and health psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Learned some of the key terms in the study of brain, behaviour, & cognition, and gained a basic understanding of why people behave the way they do and the mental processes that give rise their behaviour.

2. Gained experience and an elementary understanding of how experimental methods are used to acquire scientific knowledge in psychology.

3. Gained experience in reading original journal articles in psychology and demonstrated the ability to understand research writing in psychology.

4. Experienced some classic phenomena in psychology for themselves.

5. Gained some insight in their own core values and life purpose.


PSYC103, PSYC104

Timetable Note

Lectures self-allocation will be accessible through My Timetable on Wednesday, 10 February, and Labs self-allocation will be accessible through My Timetable on Monday, 15 February.

Lab classes will start from the second week of the term, beginning 1 March.

Course Coordinator

Zhe Chen

Textbooks / Resources

The primarily material will come from Noba -

The textbook contains relevant reading materials for the different sections. Some lecturers may also require supplementary reading. Details for the required reading will be provided by individual lecturers in due course.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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