Principles and Application of Learning

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles and Application of Learning

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PSY222 or PSY248

  • 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 examines how people and animals learn, and how their behaviours change as a result of the process. The lectures cover some of the more important principles with a strong emphasis on applications to everyday life. These applications include: the principles underlying behaviour and motivation (stimulus control, reinforcement, punishment and extinction); goal setting; motor skill acquisition; decision making; risk taking; social learning; and avoidance behaviours. The practical component of the unit allows students to apply these principles to their own behaviour in a self-regulation program conducted throughout the semester, and to gain first-hand experience with the basic principles of changing behaviour which are fundamental to many areas of psychological practice.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.