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Psychology

    Year 11 ATAR Psychology – A1PSY & A2PSY

    Unit 1

    Typically this unit is suited to you if you are aiming to enrol in university.

    Prerequisite: sound critical writing skills and mathematical skills.

    This unit focuses on a number of concepts that enable you to gain an understanding of how and why people behave the way they do.

    You will learn about the human brain and explore the impact of external factors on behaviour, such as physical activity and psychoactive drugs. Cognitive processes, such as sensation and perception, and selective and divided attention are investigated. You will examine different types of relationships and the role of verbal and non-verbal communication in initiating, maintaining and regulating these. You are introduced to ethics in psychological research and carry out investigations.

    Unit cost: $20

    Unit 2

    Typically this unit is combined with Unit 1 and is suited to you if you are aiming to enrol in university.

    Prerequisite: sound critical writing skills and mathematical skills.

    This unit focuses on developmental psychology. You will analyse twin and adoption studies to gain insight into the nature/nurture debate and look at the role of play in assisting development. You will explore what is meant by the term personality and examine historical perspectives used to explain personality. You will also explore behaviour and causes of prejudice. Psychological research methods studied in Unit 1 are further developed.

    Unit cost: $20

    Year 12 ATAR Psychology – ATPSY

    Typically this course is highly recommended if you are aiming to enrol in university.

    Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of Year 11 ATAR Psychology and/or high level critical writing skills.

    Unit 3: This unit introduces new concepts about human behaviour and specifically focuses on the functions of the lobes of the cerebral cortex and examines how messages are transmitted from the brain to the body. It explores how behaviour is influenced by learning and other factors, and the impact of others on individual behaviour. You will examine socialisation processes observed within families and how social background and gender can shape communication styles. You will also expand on your knowledge of ethics in psychological research as you engage in detailed investigations.

    Unit 4: This unit focuses on developmental and contemporary personality theories, and behaviours observed when individuals are examined in the social context. You will analyse the causes of conformity and obedience and gain an understanding of the factors that shape a sense of community. You will manipulate dependent and independent variables to test hypotheses and use statistical significance to draw conclusions.

    Unit Pair Cost: $40