Foundation Psychology

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundation Psychology

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit provides an introduction to the major content areas of psychology, including an introduction to psychological research and report-writing, for students intending to pursue further studies in psychology. Psychology is a broad-ranging and multifaceted discipline which encompasses the scientific study of human behaviour, and the systematic application of knowledge gained from psychological research to a broad range of applied issues. The goal of this introductory unit is to introduce you to the major subfields and perspectives in psychology, and to develop your understanding of the research methods and report-writing conventions used in psychological research.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. A sound knowledge of the major concepts, issues, and theories in the areas of individual differences, biology of behaviour, psychopathology, health psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and cross-cultural psychology.
    2. Knowledge of the basic principles of the scientific method and the ability to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of basic research designs in psychology.
    3. The ability to access and evaluate research reports and other relevant information about topics in psychology.
    4. Effective written communication skills, including introductory skills in reviewing and critically evaluating psychological research.
    The unit provides an introduction to the science of psychology. Topics include the evolution of the major perspectives in psychology, psychological research, biological psychology and learning, personality and individual differences, including intelligence and intelligence-testing, social and developmental psychology, psychological disorders and their treatment.

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