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PSYC1001 was a stressful but rewarding and very interesting subject. When you gain access on Blackboard, you are provided with a manual. This will be your bible. Make sure you read it and make note of when assignments are due. There are three lectures every week for 13 weeks, so that's (give or take a few hours) about 39 hours of lecture content. This is why it is extremely important for you to keep on top of your notes and study throughout the semester, rather than leaving it all to StuVac. The Social Psychology lectures given by Rebecca and Human Development lectures given by Micah were my favourite, as they were extremely engaging and interesting. The other lecturers were quite good, however the Personality Lectures given by Fiona were terrible and extremely tedious - a solid 6 hours of my life I'll never get back. Do all the pre-tutorial work and although participation in this subject is not assessed, tutorials tend to enhance your understanding of the information conveyed in lectures, so attend your tutorials! Another piece of advice is to start the research report early. It is marked very harshly, so follow the rubric provided in your manual very closely to maximise your marks. PSYC1001 is an interesting subject, however, it is extremely demanding and to do well it is important that you are very organised and keep on top of everything.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

It is a cool beginning psych class. Interesting topics.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

This subject was very interesting, and it was organised in a superb way! I appreciated the fact that every lecturer made an effort to engage with the class. Looking at eyewitness memory and lie detection was interesting with Celine. Social psychology was great with Rebecca, with lots of famous experiments being shown. The personality lectures were awesome with Jo, she explains things very clearly. Micah is a wonderful lecturer who made developmental psychology easy to understand. Caleb has his examples, but never fails to engage the class and teaching us to appreciate statistics and what science actually is. I liked the way Frans spoke about things in the history of psychology, and it was never boring! I absolutely loved the tutorials! My tutor Megan was very sweet, always happy and full of enthusiasm, which brightened up the tutorials. The online quizzes with unlimited attempts were a great resource, and I loved participating in research experiments! Lots of help given for writing the research report, such as the exemplar quiz, the FAQ document, but most importantly, the clear marking rubric telling us what is good and what is bad for each section of the report. There was much more help this time around (compared to when I did PSYC1002 in 2014), so well done. Don't underestimate the 100 multiple choice questions in the final! All in all, there's lots to learn, but it was an incredible and memorable course - one of the best electives I've ever taken! Give it a try.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Don't expect to glide through this subject. There's a few layers of content, but it is so fulfilling and rewarding to go through it all and come out on top. The lecturors all have their quirks that are both good and bad, but in the end I enjoyed each lecturer intensely. The tutorials are somewhat useless, but good for locking in key definitions and helping out with assignments and such. Everyone from tutors to lecturers to past alumni will tell you that it is an intensely hard subject, but they are just saying this to make sure you do well, it's not that bad. Just stay on top of things. Great subject.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

It's okay. Development, history, stats, and emotion were boring but personality and social psych were pretty interesting (for me). Best to start the research report early because they're not marked nicely. I wouldn't really say it was marked harshly, but if you stuff up even a little bit, it seems to have a big impact on your report mark). Getting good marks during the semester is a lot better than depending on the finals because the FINAL EXAM WAS VERY DETAILED. No joke. All lecturers had different approaches (found history, emotion, and development pretty hard) - in emotion, it didn't seem like it was the "1 correct, 1 sort of correct, or 1 completely wrong" approach for MCQ, it was like half a page long with one word differences and like "both a and b" and "none of the above" options and you just have to sit and wonder if she was just tricking you. However, I did only start studying for psych 2 weeks before the finals :( so I'm pretty sure you'll do fine if you studied earlier. I just passed the report (got penalised too) and needed like 32 marks to pass and still managed to get a really good final mark for the unit. Good luck :)

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016
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