PSYC105-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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; wellbeing; visual perception; research methods; 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 should be able to:
(1) Define some of the key terms in the study of brain, behaviour, & cognition
(2) Explain why people might behave the way they do, and the mental processes that give rise their behaviour.
(3) Discuss, at an elementary level, some of the research methods that are used to acquire scientific knowledge in psychology.
(4) Demonstrate the ability to read original journal articles and interpret research writing in psychology.
(5) Explore some classic phenomena in psychology for themselves
(6) Develop insight into their own core values and life purpose.


PSYC103, PSYC104

Timetable Note

Lab classes will start from the second week of the term, beginning 27 February.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Participation 4%
Labs 10%
E-activities 10%
Understanding Research Writing Assignment 26%
Multi-Choice Test 25%
Multi-Choice End of Semester Exam 25%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no specific textbook in the traditional sense. The primary material, which is available to download free of charge, is from Noba - Some lecturers may also assign supplementary readings; these will be provided on Learn.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,750.00

* 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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