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Stage II courses

Second year undergraduate courses are designed to build your knowledge base in specialised areas.

PSYCH 201: Perception and Cognition


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Barry Hughes

This course provides a broad overview of the psychology of perception and cognition. Topics covered may include: visual and auditory perception, attention, memory, language, reasoning, decision making, creativity, and cognitive development. Emphasis is placed upon the value of approaching these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective known as cognitive neuroscience. This course is highly recommended for those interested in taking Psych 303.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology.
Restriction: PSYCH 261, 461.220
Coursework: 40% - Three laboratory reports
Final exam: 60%

Plussage:

  • Must attend all laboratories
  • Must submit all three laboratory reports;
  • Must obtain passing grade overall (i.e. 20/40 or better).

There is a limit of 320 places in this course.

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PSYCH 202: Biopsychology


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator for this course is Professor Ian Kirk

How is the brain structurally and functionally organised to carry out the functions of the human mind? How can a man mistake his wife for a hat? What have cases of human amnesia taught us about memory? Is testosterone the cause of male violence? This course addresses these questions whilst providing a basic introduction to the structure and function of the brain, neuropsychology, and hormonal influences on behaviour. Specific topics include basic neuroanatomy, cellular signaling, psychoactive drugs, the biological underpinnings of vision, visual agnosias, emotion, memory and language representation in the brain, cerebral asymmetry and evaluation of arguments about the role biology plays in determining human behaviour.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology or 15 points from BIOSCI 101, 103.
Restriction: 461.230
Coursework: 40%: one test (20%), and one essay (20%)
Final Exam: 60%

Plussage:

  • Must attempt all pieces of coursework and obtain a passing grade overall.
  • Must attend 7/8 laboratories. 

Prescribed Text: Pinel, J.P.J. (2011). Biopsychology (8th edition). Boston: Pearson Education.

There is a limit of 350 places in this course.

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PSYCH 203: Learning and Behaviour


(15 points) S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Sarah Cowie

This course takes into consideration the environmental factors that control and modify human and non-human behaviour. Generally, an experimental laboratory based approach is taken, and quantitative theories are stressed. Topics include: Single subject experimental design, classical and operant conditioning, and behavioural analyses of problem solving, concept learning, language, choice, self-control and remembering. This course is highly recommended for those intending to study Applied Behaviour Analysis at postgraduate level.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology or 15 points from BIOSCI 101, 103.
Restriction: 461.250
Coursework: 50%: (2 Lab reports one with 10% and one worth 20%, and 5 tests 4% each).
Final Exam: 50%

Plussage:

  • Must attain an in-course mark of at least 50%.

Prescribed Text: Davison, M, Jones, M, Elliffe D, Krageloh, C, & Podlesnik, C. (2013) Learning and Behaviour
Recommended Text: Mazur, J.E. (2006). Learning and Behaviour (6th edn). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

There is a limit of 250 places in this course.

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PSYCH 204: Social Psychology


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Danny Osborne.

This course covers central concepts in social psychology such as social cognition, attitudes, group processes, interpersonal relationships, aggression, political psychology and ideology. There are three hours of lectures per week and a two-hour laboratory/tutorial in most weeks.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology.
Restriction: PSYCH 263, 461.240
Coursework: Test 20%, Lab report 30%
Final Exam: 50%

Plussage:

  • Must do all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall.
  • Up to two laboratories/tutorials may be missed without producing satisfactory evidence for absence.

Recommended texts: TBA

There is a limit of 360 places in this course.

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PSYCH 207: Theories of Personality and Development


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Elizabeth Peterson.  

The major theories of personality and development are presented. The hypotheses generated by these theories, about development from early childhood onwards and about ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviour will be discussed and evaluated in terms of empirical evidence and utility. Attention will be paid to cultural issues of relevance in a New Zealand context.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology.
Restriction: PSYCH 206, 461.205
Coursework: 50%: 1 test (25%) and 1 assignment (25%).
Final Exam: 50%
Plussage: Must do all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall for coursework.

Up to 2 tutorials may be missed without producing satisfactory evidence for absence. Must also complete Experienced Learning Component. 

Prescribed Text: Cervone, D. & Pervin, L. Personality: Theory and research (11th ed.) (2011) or (12th ed.) (2013). NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

There is a limit of 380 places in this course.

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PSYCH 208: Producing Psychological Knowledge


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator for this course is Associate Professor Jeff Hamm.

How do you go about answering a research question? What is a research question anyway? Which research methodology and method will best provide the types of answers you are looking for? The material covered in this course deals with the central question of how we produce psychological knowledge. It examines what we do and can know in psychology, and why and how we come to know it. As an introduction to research, it examines the research process in its broadest context, covering areas such as: philosophy of science, theories of knowledge, research methodologies, ethical processes, and research outcomes. Some specific research methods, which generate answers to specific research questions, will also be covered.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Stage I Psychology.
Restriction: PSYCH 262

Coursework: 50%: Poster (10%), Research Proposal Literature Review (20%), Research Proposal Methodology (20%)
Final exam: 50%

Plussage:

  • Must do all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall, and attend laboratories.
  • Up to one tutorial may be missed without providing satisfactory evidence for absence.

There is a limit of 250 places in this course.

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Enrolment details and waitlists


You need to have passed PSYCH 108 (or PSYCH 128) and PSYCH 109 (or PSYCH 129) to take Stage II psychology courses. You may take PSYCH 202 and/or PSYCH 203 if you have passed BIOSCI 101 or BIOSCI 103.

All Stage II courses are limited entry. In most cases, students who meet the GPA and who enrol in plenty of time and who have passed their Stage I prerequisites will obtain places in the courses of their choice. 

Affirmative action for Māori and Pacific Island students will be applied. Courses are filled on a first come first served basis. You are therefore strongly advised to complete your enrolment as early as possible.

Students who are transferring from another university need to apply well in advance to have their previous psychology courses assessed for crediting purposes. Please note that you may enrol at the beginning of the year for one or two Stage I prerequisites in Semester One and Stage II courses in Semester Two. However, your enrolment in the Stage II courses is conditional on passing the prerequisites. You will be required to withdraw from your Stage II courses if this requirement is not met.

Note: Some courses may have restrictions. A restriction is a course which is so similar to another that you cannot take them both. Refer to the University Calendar for details


Level Coordinator Stage 2  

Dr Barry Hughes

 

 

 

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Thinking ahead to Stage III Psychology


Students must pass any three Stage II PSYCH courses (45 points) and one Stage I Statistics course (STATS101-125) to be eligible to enrol in Stage III PSYCH courses.

Under current regulations, it is not essential that you take any specific Stage II courses in order to go on to a particular branch of psychology at Stage III and postgraduate level. However, you will find that many courses at Stage III and above assume that you have acquired the basic knowledge of that area contained in the relevant Stage II course. It is recommended therefore that you consider what branches of psychology may interest you in the future when choosing your Stage II courses.

For more information or general enquiries please contact:

Level Coordinator Stage 3 for 2018

Professor Chris Sibley

Academic Advisers

Michelle Burstall
Andrea Mead

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