This subject examines the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to individual and group behaviour using both theoretical and practical teaching methods. It introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience. Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help students understand the theoretical concepts underlying human cognitions and behaviour. 

Course outline

  • scientific theory and critical thinking

  • development through the lifespan: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood

  • social psychology, personality, psychological disorders, therapy

  • stress and health, emotion
  • learning, intelligence. 


  • Group presentation: 10%

  • Presentation and report: 20%

  • Exams: 70% (2 x 35%)

  • Hurdle requirement:attendance and participation

Subject Leader


Dr Maureen Vincent
BA Monash, BSW Melb, GradDipEd (Sec) ACU, GradDipPsy Monash, MClinPsy, PhD Deakin, MAPS, MACPA, MCCP