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Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 focuses on the development of the individual and their interaction with their environment and considers what the consequences are, both when this interaction proceeds smoothly and when it does not proceed smoothly.
The subject comprises five core topic areas: Human Development; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology; Clinical Psychology; and Quantitative Psychological Research Methods. In presenting these topics, the subject aims to provide students with knowledge of major theories, historical trends and empirical findings.
An understanding of some basic issues in human development is complemented with an examination of the nature and development of personality and human interaction in social groups and cultural settings.
Moreover, the subject provides opportunity for students to develop and apply a range of fundamental skills in areas of critical thinking, psychological research methods, and communication of psychological knowledge.
A common research-centred framework is adopted and the statistical tools that support this framework are introduced and developed as an integral part of the course.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate a broad understanding of:
- Human Development, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Quantitative Methods and varied approaches that comprise the field of psychology;
- Some key psychological concepts and theories from Human Development, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Quantitative Methods;
- Cultural diversity and its impact on research methodology in psychology, including an emphasis on the specific ethical requirements for working with Indigenous populations;
- Clinical and social perspectives of psychological health and wellbeing, including correlates of wellbeing and risk factors for diminished wellbeing.
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:
- The use and evaluation of scientific methodology and enquiry, including research design and data analysis;
- The critical evaluation of psychological literature;
- Report writing as it applies to the study of psychology;
- Critically engaging with competing and complementary perspectives of wellbeing.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this subject, students should be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:
- Develop the ability to combine critical evaluation of psychological literature, with research design and data analysis skills to communicate the outcomes of a psychological investigation;
- Understand the importance of individual differences within and between different cultural groups in designing appropriate psychological research.
On completion of the subject students should be able to:
- Apply critical thinking analytical skills to new issues;
- Apply a hypothesis testing approach to new questions, including formulation of a research question, collection of relevant observations, analysis and interpretation of data using basic descriptive statistics to arrive at a conclusion;
- Communicate the findings of empirical studies.
Last updated: 6 December 2019