Psychological Science

Psychology 1A

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study (or concurrent enrolment) – Psychology

The first half of the year introduces the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify key historical and philosophical developments which have results into the modern discipline of psychology
  • Identify and describe key concepts underlying biological, developmental and cross-cultural psychology, sensation and perception, personality and learning
  • Apply the knowledge and concepts of biological, developmental and cross-cultural psychology, sensation and perception, personality and learning to assessable quizzes and critical thinking assignment;
  • Outline the need for an objective understanding of human behaviour;
  • Prepare written technical and scientific documentations and present key findings.

Psychology 1B

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study (or concurrent enrolment) – Psychology

The second half of the year introduces you to a selection of areas including: Social psychology, Cognitive psychology, Abnormal psychology and an introduction to research methodology.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and appreciate key influences on social behaviour
  • Identify key types and components of memory, and appreciate the limitations of memory
  • Recognize and distinguish between the basic features, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Apply and communicate (both orally and in written form) research methods principles to evaluate data, past research studies, and to plan future research
  • Demonstrate (through written and oral communication) skills in critical thinking.

2019 Study location

Monash University, Clayton campus

2019 Class times

Please note that students undertaking Extension Studies need to have flexible extracurricular activities as there is no guarantee a uni class will have the same timetable for both semesters. (Eg Your class may run Tuesday afternoon in Semester 1 and Thursday afternoon in Semester 2.)

Students need to be able to fit their other commitments (such as part-time work and sport) around Extension Studies, making Extension a priority.

We will do our best to ensure classes run after school hours, but this may not always be possible. Students are advised of their timetable as soon as it is confirmed so they can organise their personal commitments around their Extension study.

Semester 1 Timetable*:

  • 1 x 2 hour Workshop each week (It is recommended students attend the workshop, but they are also streamed live and students can catch up online.)
    • Tuesday 2pm-4pm OR Wednesday 10am-12pm
  • 1 x 2 hour COMPULSORY weekly Tutorial
    • Students can choose one option from:
      • Monday 3pm-5pm OR 4pm-6pm
      • Tuesday to Thursday 4pm-6pm
      • Friday 2pm-4pm

Semester 2 Timetable*: Available in early June, 2018

Students can expect there will be a two hour workshop each week. Whilst we strongly encourage students to attend workshops where they can, they can also be accessed online. Student must also attend a two hour compulsory Tutorial/Consultation each week.

* Please note timetables are subject to change

Recognition for prior learning

When you enrol in a Bachelor’s degree at Monash, your Extension units can be used for course credit if they are compatible with the degree in which you enrol.

Students who have successfully completed Psychology Extension may be eligible to apply to have the credit points of one (6 points) or both (12 points) of their Extension units to count towards the course requirements for:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Other double degrees with Science
  • Other double degrees with Arts
  • As electives in any single degree

Any units credited will show on your academic transcript as either 6 or 12 points against the course code of the degree in which you are enrolled. Students can apply for credit once they have enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

Students may also be able to credit their Extension study towards Bachelor degrees at other tertiary institutions.