PSYC105-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.

Relevant reading materials for the different sections will be provided on Learn. Some lecturers may also provide supplementary readings and online resources that relate to their topic. Details for the required readings and supplementary resources/readings reading will be provided on Learn.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define some of the key terms in the study of brain, behaviour, & cognition
  • Explain why people might behave the way they do, and the mental processes that give rise to their behaviour.
  • Practice some of the research techniques that are used to gain scientific knowledge in psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read original journal articles and interpret research writing in psychology
  • Demonstrate elementary abilities in handling quantitative data in psychology.
  • Demonstrate abilities to write clearly about research procedures and data in a research report


PSYC103, PSYC104

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun


Fleur Pawsey


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective journals 10% Reflective journals (5 x 2%)
Lab attendance and activities 20% Lab attendance and activities (5 x 4%)
Research report Part 1 13% Research report Part 1
Research report Part 2 13% Research report Part 2
Topic tests 15% Topic tests (3 x 5%)
Final Exam 25%
Research participation 4% Research participation

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

O’Shea, R. P. & McKenzie, W. A; Writing for psychology ; 6; South Melbourne: Cengage, 2013.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

International fee $4,988.00

* 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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