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Stage III courses

Our third-year undergraduate courses are designed to give a more detailed and specific conclusion to your undergraduate majors and prepare you for possible postgraduate study.

PSYCH 303: Cognitive Science


(15 Points), S2

The course coordinator is Associate Professor Tony Lambert

This is a more in depth study of Cognitive Psychology that follows on from PSYCH 201. This course covers theories, models and applications of cognitive psychology. Coverage includes sensory science, perception, memory, attention, language and motor control. Consideration will also be given to connections with cognate areas, such as cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, and students will be introduced to research methods in cognitive science.

Prerequisite: 45 points in Stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125,191.
Laboratories: One compulsory two-hour laboratory per week (for 9 of the 12 weeks)
Coursework: 40% details to be advised
Final Exam: 60%
Plussage: Students must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall

Recommended (not required) Text: Eysenck, M.W. and Keane, M.T. (2010). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook (6th ed.). Hove, UK: Psychology Press

There is a limit of 120 places on this course.

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EXERSCI 304: Sport Psychology


(15 points), S2  Note: Taught at the City Campus

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz.

Examination of psychological factors affecting behaviour and performance in exercise and sport. The individual performer is the major consideration, but group influences on individual performance are also considered.

Prerequisite: EXERCSCI 204, SPORTSCI 204 or 45 points in Stage II Psychology with at least a B- average
Restriction: SPORTSCI 304

Course work: 60%
Final Exam: 40%
Plussage: Must obtain a passing grade for course work and final exam.

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PSYCH 305: Human Neuroscience


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Associate Professor Paul Corballis

This course covers material relating to the neural basis of cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory, language and social cognition. Students will be introduced to different methods of inferring mind-brain relations in normal and neurologically impaired individuals. This will include study of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’ s Disease.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303 or 15 points from PHYSIOL 220 or MEDSCI 206.
Laboratories: Weekly two hour laboratories.
Coursework: 40% Details to be advised.
Final exam: 60%

Plussage: Must attempt all work and obtain passing grade overall.

Texts for background reading: Gazzinaga M.S., Ivry R. B., & Mangun G. R. (2009). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (3rd edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Co. New York. Pinel, J.P.J. (2011). Biopsychology. (8th Edition) Boston: Pearson Education.

There is a limit of 120 places in this course.

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PSYCH 306: Research Methods in Psychology


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Professor Chris Sibley

This course provides training in how to design and conduct research in psychology, and how to then analyse the resulting data to test hypotheses and answer research questions. The course is co-ordinated by Chris Sibley and covers a broad range of statistical analyses and research designs commonly used in psychological research. This is an important course for students who plan to continue on to graduate or post-graduate level because it provides key training in how conduct your own research projects. The lecturing staff all recognize that statistics and research methods can sometimes be challenging (we were once students too), but it can also be very rewarding and a lot of fun. The course content and teaching is designed to showcase how analysing data and conducting research can be exciting. The course covers classical experimental and questionnaire-based research design, as well as neuropsychological and brain imaging methods. The course also covers a range of statistical analyses, including chi-square, correlation, factor analysis, ANOVA, factorial ANOVA, and multiple regression. The course provides intensive training in various applications of multiple regression, including statistical mediation and moderation. The course also covers concepts relating to p-hacking and replication. Tutorials are integrated with lecture content and teach students to conduct the statistical analyses covered in lectures using SPSS. In the labs, students work with real data drawn from a large-scale national probability sample (the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study) and are encouraged to develop their own research questions and statistically analyse data to answer those questions. Students who complete this course should gain an appreciation of how research and data analysis is fun, and gain important skills for conducting their own research projects in the future.

Prerequisite: 45 points in Stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125,191.
Laboratories: Two hours of compulsory laboratories per week
Coursework: 50% details to be advised
Final exam: 50%
Plussage: Must attempt all work and obtain a passing grade overall.

Prescribed Text: Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS: and sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. (4th Edition). Sage.

** For students who are wanting to prepare in advance, you can read chapters 1-7 before the course starts.

There is a limit of 250 places in this course.

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PSYCH 308: Research Topic


(15 points)

To complete this course students must enrol in PSYCH 308 A and B.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303.
Corequisite: Students must be enrolled in or have completed an additional 45 points of Stage III Psychology courses, plus HoD approval
Coordinator/Assessor: Dr Danny Osborne

  1. Enrolment in this course is not automatic. Approval must be obtained from the Director of School or his/her deputy and approval will normally be given if (i) a student has completed or is concurrently enrolling in four other Stage III courses, and (ii) has been accepted by a supervisor to work on one of the topics listed below. Thus, students should discuss potential projects with staff prior to enrolment. Please apply for a concession on Student Services Online and arrange for your supervisor to email Michelle Burstall in support of your enrolment into this
  2. Students should complete the bulk of empirical work by mid-year, submit a draft to the supervisor. The final report must be typed and should follow APA journal format.
  3. Assessment for this course is 100% coursework. This is made up of 80% for the written research report, and 20% for the practical component, based on a report from the project supervisor.
  4. Closing date for submission of research topic reports: Mid October - date TBA

Students interested in PSYCH 308 need to consult individual staff members.

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PSYCH 309: Learning


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator for this course is Associate Professor Douglas Elliffe

Note: Three lectures and one tutorial period per week are scheduled, and additional laboratory attendance is required.

The course covers a series of topics in animal learning, behaviour, memory and cognition. Among the topics covered will be: The law of effect; the generalised matching law, punishment and avoidance; maximising, matching and melioration, signal detection, behavioural detection and free-operant detection, issues relating to stimulus control, animal memory and cognition, economic approaches to behaviour, applied behaviour analysis. This course is highly recommended for those intending to study Applied Behaviour Analysis at postgraduate level.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303 or 45 points at Stage II Biological Sciences
Restriction: PSYCH 362
Coursework: 40% 2 laboratory reports worth equal marks
Final Exam: 60%
Plussage: Must gain more than 50% on coursework
Recommended Text: Mazur, J.E. (2006). Learning and Behaviour (6th edn). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Prescribed Text: None. A selection of reprints will be available.

There is a limit of 100 places on this course.

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PSYCH 310: Introduction to Clinical Psychology


(15 points) S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is  Associate Professor Ian Lambie

Describes and evaluates psychological approaches to the assessment and treatment of those mental health problems, in adults and children, most commonly encountered by clinical psychologists. Consideration is given to work in mental and physical health, child protection and clinical neuropsychology. Issues relevant to Māori mental health, gender, cross cultural work and prevention are included.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303.
Restriction: 461.315
Coursework: 50% 1 essay 25%, 1 test 25%.
Final exam: 50%
Plussage: Must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall in coursework.

Required Text: Rieger, Elizabeth (3rd Ed.). (2014). Abnormal psychology: Leading researcher perspectives. North Ryde, NSW, Australia: McGraw Hill.

Recommended text (for additional readings): Carr, A. (2006). Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: a contextual approach (electronic resource) New York: Routledge.

Any additional readings will be provided at the beginning of each section of the course.

There is a limit of 250 places in this course.

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PSYCH 311: Advanced Topics in Social Psychology


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator for this course is Associate Professor Nickola Overall

This course focuses on people as social beings. There are three modules. Module 1 examines social cognition and interpersonal communication and influence, such as self presentation, relationship maintenance and conflict management. A second module examines issues in identity, well-being and community psychology. Module 3 covers collective behaviour and social issues such as crowd dynamics, the impact of culture on behaviour, prejudice and intergroup hostility. Coursework involves participation in and completion of a research project.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303.
Coursework: 50%: 2 written assignments worth 25% each
Final exam: 50%
Plussage: Must complete all coursework and obtain a passing grade for coursework overall.
Recommended Text: There are no prescribed texts. Readings will be recommended on the topics covered.

There is a limit of 200 places in this course.

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PSYCH 313: Psychology of Communication Disorders


(15 points), S1 (Taught at the Tamaki Campus)

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Elaine Ballard

This course will examine human communication. Beginning with a view of the complexities of human language, it will discuss the extraordinary nature of communication development, the intricate involvement of other psychological processes such as cognition, audition, social and emotional behaviour and context (including that of culture), and how all these are relevant to an understanding of disorders of human communication in both children and adults. It is recommended for students who may wish to apply for the MSLTPrac course, but is also relevant to students across the full range of psychology sub-disciplines.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303.
Coursework: 50%
Final exam: 50%
Plussage: Must complete all coursework and obtain a passing grade for coursework overall.
Recommended Text: There are no prescribed texts. Readings will be recommended on the topics covered.

There is a limit of 120 places in this course.

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PSYCH 317: Evolution, Behaviour and Cognition


(15 points), S1

The Course Coordinator is Associate Professor Quentin Atkinson

Do other animals have language? Do they have culture? Can human behaviour be explained in evolutionary terms? This course addresses these questions and the methods that can be used to answer them. Specific areas that may be discussed include the evolution of language, social learning and cultural evolution, evolution of mind, the nature/nurture, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology debates, the assessment of animal welfare and the ethics of animal experimentation. The course will emphasize the importance of a comparative, evolutionary approach to the study of behaviour.

Prerequisite: 45 points in Stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125,191 or 45 points at Stage II BIOSCI.
Coursework: 1 research proposal worth 40%
Final exam: 60%
Plussage: Must attend 70% of the labs; must submit all coursework and obtain passing grade overall.

There is a limit of 90 places in this course.

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PSYCH 319: Psychology and Gender


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Professor Nicola Gavey

The study of gender is crucial to understanding many everyday aspects of our lives, as well as many contemporary social issues. This course provides an introduction to selected key issues in the critical psychology of gender, from a social constructionist perspective. Topics covered include gendered bodies, masculinity and femininity, sexuality, rape, therapy and mental health.

Prerequisite: 45 points in Stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125,191 or 30 points at stage II from the Women’s study schedule.
Coursework: 50%: 1 test 15%, 1 essay 25%, Seminar 10%
Final Exam: 50%
Plussage: Must hand in all coursework, and obtain a passing grade in each (and overall).
Recommended Text: to be advised
Required Readings: Will be available via the Library Website.

There is a limit of 65 places in this course.

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PSYCH 320 Psychology and Culture


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Dr Shiloh Groot

It is through culture that we make sense of ourselves and our world. Of key interest is how culture, ethnicity and context all play major roles in understanding human experience including behaviour, thoughts and emotions. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and analytic skills, and helping students to think about their own values and norms from a cultural perspective.

Prerequisite: As per PSYCH 303.
Coursework: Essay outline 500 words (20%), essay 2000-2500 words (40%)
Final exam: 40%
Plussage: Must complete all coursework and obtain a passing grade for coursework overall.
Recommended Text: There are no prescribed texts. Readings will be recommended on the topics covered.

There is a limit of 80 places in this course.

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PSYCH 326: Life Span Development


(15 Points), S1 C

The Course Coordinator for this course is  Associate Professor Karen Waldie 

This course focuses on the development of people across the life span. The course will describe key milestones in development and examine the causes and processes that produce stability and change in people’s development over time. Topics discussed will include aspects of cognitive, social and physical development with consideration given to biological, societal and family influences. Attention will also be given to development within the New Zealand context.

Prerequisite: 45 points in stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125, 191.
Restriction: Psych 316

Coursework: There is a 25% test and a 25% essay.

Plussage:  is based on a student attaining 25/50 in the coursework and not missing any more than 1 tutorial.

Required text: Sigelman, Rider, & De George-Walker Australian and New Zealand Edition, Life Span Human Development 2013

There is a limit of 120 places in this course.

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PSYCH 364: Health Psychology


(15 points), S2

The Course Coordinator for this course is Professor Glynn Owens

An introduction to the study of links between psychological processes and health/illness. The course will discuss a number of psychological issues relating to serious illnesses (cancers, coronary heart disease, etc) and links to other aspects of physical well-being (e.g. exercise, diet). Consideration will be given both to the theoretical models which have been developed within health psychology and to the types of methodology used in their investigation.

Prerequisite: 45 points in Stage II Psychology and 15 points from STATS 101-125,191.
Coursework: 50%: 1 essay 34%, 4 tutorial assignments 4% each.
Final exam: 50%
Plussage: Must attempt all coursework

There is a limit of 120 places in this course.

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Waitlists


Selection will be based upon performance in University examinations, measured by the grade point average (GPA) supplied by Student Administration. Affirmative action for Māori and Pacific Islands students will be applied.

What happens if you enrol and are put on the waitlist?

There are four reasons why students are placed on course waitlists:

  1. The course is full.
  2. You have not met the GPA requirements for the course.
  3. You have a timetable clash.
  4. You do not have the pre-requisites for the course.

Student Services Online may generate an ‘error message’ in some of these cases - read it carefully. If you have a timetable clash or do not met the pre-requisites for the course but believe you have a strong case for being able to take the course, you will need to see the appropriate level coordinator.

If there is the space in a course for students on the waitlist who attempted to enrol after the course was full, or who are below the GPA requirement, they will be enrolled approximately two weeks prior to semester starting. Such students may also gain a place closer to the start of semester if other students withdraw. Waitlisted students must check Student Services Online for their status. If you no longer remain on the waitlist and do not appear as enrolled then you were not given a position in the course.

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Important notes


  • Students must have passed 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.
  • Grade point average (GPA) cut-offs have been selected for each course. These are determined by the number of places available in that course and the usual student demand for those places. If your GPA exceeds that set for a course or you have no other blocks to your enrolment and there are enough places in the course, you will automatically be enrolled.
  • Confirmation of your enrolment status can be obtained by viewing your schedule online through Student Services Online.
  • Students who have passed PHYSIOL 220 or MEDSCI 206 may enrol in PSYCH 305.
  • Students who have passed MGMT 211 may enrol in PSYCH 322.
  • Students who have passed 30 points at stage II from the Women’s study schedule may enrol in PSYCH 319.
  • Students who have passed 45 points at Stage II in Biological Sciences may enrol in courses PSYCH 317 and/or Psych 309.
  • PSYCH 306 (semester 2 course) is required if a student wishes to continue into a Psychology Honours dissertation or Masters Thesis, (including the Clinical Psychology area of study).
  • PSYCH 310 is restricted against 461.315


For more information or general enquiries please contact:

Level Coordinator Stage 3 for 2016

Associate Professor Chris Sibley

Academic Advisers

Michelle Burstall
Andrea Mead

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