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PSYC1002: Psychology 1002

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Psychology 1002 is a further general introduction to the main topics and methods of psychology, and it is the basis for advanced work as well as being of use to those not proceeding with the subject. Psychology 1002 covers the following areas: neuroscience; human mental abilities; learning and motivation; perception; cognitive processes; mental conditions.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PSYC1002
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Caleb Owens,
Lecturer(s) Bart Anderson,
Megan Jeon,
Justin Harris,
Dominic Tran,
Caleb Owens,
Sarah Ratcliffe,
Irina Harris,
Tutor(s) Sarah Walker,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final Exam
On campus compulsory closed book exam assessing all lecture content
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Online task hurdle task Lecture Engagement
Requires live or delayed lecture viewing the same week they are given
5% Ongoing 3 hours weekly viewing lectures
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Placement Research Participation
Sign-up and be a participant in Psychology studies to learn how they work
5% Ongoing
Closing date: 10 Nov 2023
5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO3
Assignment Research Report
Written assignment reporting class research using APA format
30% Week 08
Due date: 20 Sep 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 25 Oct 2023
1150 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Lecture engagement: Lectures will be delivered on campus, and recordings will be made available after. You can choose any combination of attending on campus or watching recordings later, and you can vary this as you like. Attendance will be recorded during on campus lectures (bring a web enabled device). For recorded lectures, ensure you have watched all the most recent week's lectures by the end of the Sunday evening of that week. The following Monday morning, a record of how much you have watched will be taken and used to calculate this mark. This is a hurdle task, such that average weekly lecture engagement of less than 50% by the end of semester will result in an absent fail (AF) if you also fail the unit outright.

Research participation: Research participation requires you to volunteer to be a participant in research studies run by psychology students and academics. It is not compulsory. If you do not complete any or all of your five hours of research participation, you simply will not receive the marks associated with it. An alternative to research participation (a written assignment) is also available on request (before the end of Week 4).

Research report: The research report assignment requires you to write a 1150 word APA formatted report about a study conducted during your first tutorial. Two tutorials and three online modules are designed to provide assistance with this assessment. It is necessary that your report is relevant to the topic and APA formatted for marks to be awarded.

Final exam: The six PSYC1002 lecture topics will be assessed in this exam which will held during the final exam period (scheduled centrally). It will be a 2 hour closed book exam. The initial version which most students will take will consist of 96 multiple choice questions (16 for each topic). Replacement exams will consist of 12x multi-part short answer questions (2 for each topic). This is a compulsory assessment which you need to attempt, or you will receive an absent fail, but no minimum mark is required.

Assessment criteria

Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD (High Distinction), DI (Distinction), CR (Credit), PS (Pass) and FA (Fail) as defined by Academic Board Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1). These achievement levels are described below.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.






50 - 64



At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see:

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 3x Cognitive Processes Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 02 3x Cognitive Processes Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Introduction to tutorials and the research report study Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 3x Mental Health Conditions Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Cognitive Processes Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 3x Mental Health Conditions Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Research Report Writing 1 Tutorial (1 hr) LO4
Week 05 3x Neuroscience Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Mental Health Conditions Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 06 3x Neuroscience Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Research Reporting Writing 2 Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 07 3x Learning and Motivation Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Neuroscience Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 08 3x Learning and Motivation Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Learning Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 10 3x Mental Abilities Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Motivation Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 11 3x Mental Abilities Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Mental Abilities Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 12 3x Perception Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Perception Tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 13 3x Perception Lectures Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Feedback and exam preparation tutorial Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture attendance: 80% expected and recommended to pass unit. Audio and video (of slides) recordings made of most lecture content and most slides posted online.  Refer to the Lecture Engagement Assessment for more.

Tutorial attendance: 80% expected and recommended to pass unit. 50% required to be eligible to pass the unit. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

No textbook is required for PSYC1002. 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the diverse areas of psychology taught: cognitive psychology, neuroscience, perception, mental abilities, mental health conditions, and learning and motivation
  • LO2. understand what binds such diverse pursuits into the single discipline of ‘psychology’ in regard to language, research methods, attitude and approach, and an appreciation of the ethical issues associated with behavioural research
  • LO3. understand the core research design principles and statistical approaches used throughout of psychology, and develop the ability to apply them in a critical manner
  • LO4. understand the APA style used for the presentation of written material, particularly research reports
  • LO5. appreciate how what is taught in psychology has implications for your wider personal and professional approach and identity

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The new PSYC1002 unit is simpler (one less assessment, no workshops) with all lectures now delivered on campus. Zero stakes quizzes will be delivered in tutorials throughout semester to give you a good sense of how well you are understanding lecture content.


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