Units 1&2 - Code - PSY11
Units 1&2 - PSY11
Psychology is the scientific study of animal and human behaviour. This will be explored through the study of behaviour as a consequence of environmental experiences together with the influence of groups on individual behaviour. Unit 2 focuses on the development of the individual and the biological bases of behaviour. Students learn about different methods and models that describe and explain human behaviour. Research methods and ethical principles in psychological studies are incorporated into Units 1 and 2 in preparation for the study of Units 3 and 4.
Areas of Study
1 Introduction to psychology
2 Social relationships
3 Development of individual behaviour
4 Research methods in psychology
1. Introduction to neurons and the nervous system
2. Individual differences among people
3. Social attitudes
1. The student should be able to explain how the field of psychology provides scientific explanations of behaviour with particular principles, proceures and approaches to data.
2. The student should be able to identify the characteristics of pro-social and anti-social behaviour and evaluate the factors that influence them
3. The student should be able to compare and contrast theories of group behaviour and describe factors that influence the behaviour of individuals in groups.
1. The student should be able to explain the roles of the neurons, synapses, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and describe the functions of the central nervous system.
2. The student should be able to analyse the strengths and limitations in scientific approaches to defining ‘normality’ and in the application of psychological assessment in this area
2. The student should be able to describe attitude formation and factors that affect
Assessment of the achievement of the Outcomes will be based on the student’s performance on a selection of the following tasks. Empirical research activities, tests, Essays, analysis of research design, comprehensive questions and classroom presentations.