PSYCH101-21B (HAM)

Social Psychology, Health and Well-being

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Psychology


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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to a wide range of research, findings, and principles in psychology. It examines the interaction between individuals and their environments. It focusses on lifespan development, social psychology, mental health and illness, paying particular attention to the processes which influence individual, interpersonal and group wellbeing. It will draw on models, theories and approaches both Western, and Indigenous to Aotearoa, Asia and the Pacific.

Students should be aware that this paper, by its nature, includes topics that some might find challenging, such as racism and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

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Paper Structure

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Lectures: There will be two lectures a week, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Students are encouraged to attend these in person (usually live on the Hamilton campus, video-conferenced to Tauranga) although it will be possible to attend via 'Zoom'. Please note that some lectures might be delivered only via zoom, due to lockdown restrictions.

Labs: Laboratory classes (sometimes referred to as 'labs', 'tutorials', or 'tutes') will begin in the second week of the semester and run every week except:

  • the teaching recess (the weeks commencing the 23rd and 30th August)
  • the week of Kingitanga Day (the week commencing 13th September)

Students are strongly encouraged to attend lab classes in person, but some labs will be available via Zoom. Students should enrol for their preferred lab time on Moodle in the first week of the trimester (whether in person or via Zoom), and attend one lab per week, for these 10 weeks.

Please note that the labs in the first week will be in computer rooms; all other labs (the remaining 9 weeks that labs are run) will be as listed on Moodle. Further information on lab times and rooms is available on the online timetable:

Classes that commence in the morning start on the hour and finish at ten minutes to; classes that commence in the afternoon, from 1.00, actually begin at ten minutes past, for example, 2.10pm. This means that 'hour'-long classes actually run for 50 minutes, allowing students time to get to their next class (or Zoom session).

If unable to attend the lab a student has enrolled in they may attend a zoom lab instead. There's no need to contact staff about this, just tell the lab instructor at the beginning of the zoom lab class so that they can make a note. It's important that there is a record of lab attendance with regard to lab assignments: students cannot submit an assignment if they have not attended the appropriate lab class (see below).

Please do not email lab instructors; they are not available to answer student queries outside of the lab time.

Readings: There is a required textbook for this paper, and other required readings - these will be included in assessment and students are strongly advised to keep up with this material. Further information on readings is provided below.

Course Credits for Research Participation

Students in PSYCH101 have the option of earning up to 3% towards their final mark by participating in research that is based at the University or completing alternative research summaries. You can mix and match these options. These research projects are usually experiments or surveys conducted by our staff and post-graduate students. These course credits cannot be used to change your overall grade from a fail to a pass, but may be used to increase your grade, for example, from a B to a B+. Typically you will be offered 1% course credit for participating, but this varies according to the time involved. You can only participate in each project once. Relevant projects are advertised on Moodle, on Psych Café (under Research Participation) - but please note that not all research projects include a course credit option; it is the student's responsibility to check the research information sheet.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe key psychological theories as they relate to the topics covered.

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  • Be engaged and critical learners in relation to the discipline of psychology.

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  • Appreciate the diversity of psychology research and practice.

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  • Understand the pathways for future study in psychology
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Please note that the final exam is compulsory. This means that if you do not sit it, you cannot pass the paper. It will be possible to sit it either online or in person (Hamilton and Tauranga campuses).

If you are unable to sit the exam due to reasons beyond your control, you must contact the teaching assistant as soon as possible.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Pop Quizzes x 5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Course credit for research participation
3. Lab Assignment 1
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Lab Assignment 2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Class test
20 Aug 2021
12:30 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Lab Assignment 3
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Lab Assignment 4 (back-up, 9 marks: 3 assignments to be completed)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Exam
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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    The content of the required reading will be included in the quizzes, test and final examination. Students are strongly advised to complete the reading every week.

  • Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalski, R. (2019). Psychology (5th Australian & New Zealand ed.). New York, USA: Wiley. Available from Bennetts or online as an e-book.

Please note that the chapter numbers differ slightly in some editions, e.g. In the hard copy chapter 13 is on social development, but in the e-text this is chapter 14. Please read the chapter that is relevant to the lecture. (If the lecture is on social development, then read the chapter on social development.)

Other required readings will be made available on Moodle, under the 'Reading Lists' tab. These will mostly be for the final few weeks of the paper.

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Recommended Readings

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  • A booklet of supplementary readings has been prepared for this paper; this is available on Moodle. The material in this booklet is not itself examinable, but it will provide students with a broader understanding of key topics and thus may assist in the completion of assessment.
  • Burton, L.(2018). An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology (4th ed.). Queensland, Australia: Wiley. Available at Bennetts bookstore or online as an e-book (isbn/9780730344643).
  • American Psychological Association (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). APA
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Online Support

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Please make sure to read the paper outline, as it contains the answers to all common questions. There is also a 'Frequently asked questions' document on Moodle. These are the preferred methods of answering questions

Additional resources, such as access to additional readings, lab enrolment, assignment submission and lecture materials, will be available on the Moodle page for this paper.

If students have questions about the paper in general they should:

1. Read this paper outline.

2. Read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' on the PSYCH101 Moodle page.

3. If unable to find the answer to a question: Attend staff office hours. These will be held in person and on Zoom. Further information will be publicised in the first lecture and on Moodle.

4. If unable to attend office hours for some reason, contact the teaching assistants using the 'Ask the Teaching Assistants' forum on Moodle. Questions that are already answered by the paper outline may take several days to be answered.

Please do not email staff.

Usually lectures will be recorded and these will be made available within 24 hours. Lecture notes will also usually be available within 24 hours. However, students should note that some staff prefer not to record lectures or provide notes and ocassionally technical problems occur. Therefore there are no guarantees as to the availability of lecture recordings or notes. Students are very strongly advised to attend every lecture and write their own notes.

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Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week on this course, including:

  • Lecture materials: 4 hours
  • Laboratories: 1 hour
  • Reading, revision, test preparation, assignments: 5 hrs.

Please note, however, that this is a guide only. Students vary in the amount of time they wish, or need, to dedicate to achieve the marks they want.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper, along with its companion paper PSYCH100, are required for students majoring in psychology and together they provide students with a general understanding of the main areas of psychology. It is a pre-requisite for several higher papers in psychology. Either can be taken as an elective by students in other areas of university study. PSYCH101 is also required or strongly recommended for several other disciplines.

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Restricted papers: PSYC102

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