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Psychology

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​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is Psychology?

Psychology provides opportunities for students to engage with concepts that explain behaviours and underlying cognitions.

Students examine individual development in the form of the role of the brain, cognitive development, human consciousness and sleep. They investigate the concept of intelligence; the process of diagnosis and how to classify psychological disorders and determine an effective treatment; and the contribution of emotion and motivation on individual behaviour. They examine individual thinking and how it is determined by the brain, including perception, memory, and learning. They consider the influence of others by examining theories of social psychology, interpersonal processes, attitudes and cross-cultural psychology.

Students learn and apply aspects of the knowledge and skill of the discipline (thinking, experimentation, problem-solving and research skills), understand how it works and how it may impact society.


What makes a student suited to Psychology?

Students who achieve success in Psychology are those who: 
  • have an interest in how our brains work
  • enjoy scientific thinking and are able to apply their knowledge in practical situations
  • are willing to commit to a high work ethic and commitment to study
  • Can understand and appreciate multiple perspectives, theories and concepts
  • Are willing to uphold the aim of the scientific method and ethical considerations
  • Appreciate empirical evidence and data
  • Appreciate reading scientific information

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Year 9 - Minimum C standard for core Math, English and Science

Year 10 – Minimum C standard in Science, General Math and General English

What is the cost of this subject?

NIL

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • 2 x A4 Exercise books (minimum 96 pages)
  • Year 11 - compulsory BYOD
  • Calculator


What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Psychology as a science
Localisation of function, memory

Unseen examination (25%)
 Semester 2

Sports Psychology (optimal arousal)

Motivation, Emotions, Statistics

Unseen examination (25%)

Scientific Report (25%)

Research Investigation (25%)

Year 11Unit 1Individual development

Psychological science A

The role of the brain

Cognitive development

Human consciousness and sleep 

Formative internal assessment 1: 10%

• Data test

 Formative internal assessment 2: 20%

• Student experiment 

Unit 2

Individual behaviour

Psychological science B

Intelligence

Diagnosis

Psychological disorders and treatments

Emotion and motivation 

Formative internal assessment 3: 20%

• Research investigation

 Formative internal assessment: 50%

• Examination

Year 12Unit 3

Individual thinking

Localisation of function in the brain

Visual perception

Memory

Learning

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 10%
• Data test
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 20%
• Student experiment
Unit 4

The influence of others

Social psychology

Interpersonal processes

Attitudes

Cross-cultural psychology

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 20%
• Research investigation
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
• Examination

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Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022