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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 disorder 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 the human brain works
  • enjoy creative scientific thinking and are able to apply their knowledge in practical situations 
  • are willing to commit to regular at home study

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

Minimum C standard for core Math, English and Science.


What is the cost of this subject?

Psychology textbook (available in Student Resource Scheme)

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • 2 x A4 Exercise books (minimum 96 pages)

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

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Introduction to Psychology
Functions of the brain
Research investigation (20%)
Unseen examination (30%)
 Semester 2Sports Psychology
Motivation and learning
Emotions and consciousness
Student experiment (20%)
Unseen examination (30%)
Year 11Unit 1

Individual 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 13 September 2019
Last updated 13 September 2019