PSYCH101-23B (HAM)

Social Psychology, Health and Well-being

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What this paper is about

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Haere mai and welcome to PSYCH101. This is a core paper (along with its companion paper, PSYCH100) for students majoring in psychology. It is also required for the BSW and BHealth (Pop. Health), and it is a popular elective. It does not matter why you are taking PSYCH101, we hope to make it as interesting for you as it is for each of us. We hope you enjoy the paper and find it both useful and challenging.

Psychology is a diverse and thriving science devoted to understanding behaviour and the human mind, and how we interact with each other. This paper introduces students to a wide range of research, findings, and principles in psychology, complementary to those covered in PSYCH100.

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.

Read this outline carefully and stay tuned to the Moodle page ( for all the latest information about PSYCH101.

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How this paper will be taught

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PSYCH101 consists of three major pieces: lectures, laboratories and readings.

The paper Moodle page is a vital source of information, and you should check it regularly for announcements and access to materials. You can find it here: We will send out regular announcements (most weeks) via Moodle; if you don't receive them, please make sure that you're checking the email address that the University has recorded for you, and check the settings in Moodle.

There are two live lectures scheduled for most weeks of the trimester, each lasting approximately two hours. You should plan to attend both lectures each week. Most weeks these will be live presentations in Hamilton where you will hear experts in the School of Psychology tell you about psychology. We will keep these lively and entertaining, and we can answer your questions. We will also livestream the lectures in a webinar format so you can watch in Tauranga or online. If you miss a lecture due to illness or unforeseen circumstances you can watch a recording of the lecture that you missed. Normally, these recordings are not available to students who miss the lectures on a regular basis (for example due to a clash with another paper) but in recognition of travel restrictions and absences associated with the COVID­19 pandemic, the University of Waikato has decided to make these recordings widely available to students through Moodle.

There will be an on-line test and an examination covering the lecture material (the test and the exam are each worth 30% of your marks).

The laboratories are where you will conduct psychology activities on yourself and your fellow students. You will attend one 1-hour laboratory session most weeks, on campus using the university computers. We’ve got lots of lab sessions for you to choose from. We will cover this in more detail in the introduction lecture. Some of the lab times currently scheduled are shown below, but these may change by the start of the trimester. For students who are unable to come to campus, we will also have a few laboratory sessions each week that can be attended online using the DUO app (though note this option can be challenging due to intermittent software difficulties).There are two series of activities you will be doing in labs, and for each you will answer questions about them or write a brief lab report on them. You will submit these two assignments in Moodle via Turnitin. Each of them will contribute 10% towards your final mark (for a total of 20% of your marks). You will need to sign up for a lab time via Moodle during the first week of the trimester (see more information below). Please note that the available lab times might differ slightly from those shown below as sometimes adjustments are necessary in the first week due to issues such as class size.

Most lectures will have at least one reading associated with it. Many will be from the required textbook (which is the same book as for PSYCH100). Some readings will be supplied as pdf documents via Moodle. We also strongly encourage you to use the recommended text on writing for psychology - this will be useful throughout your studies. Please see below for more information on the readings.

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Required Readings

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

The main required reading is:

Burton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalski, R. (2022). Psychology (6th Australian & New Zealand ed.). New York, USA: Wiley.

The book is available in hard copy and e-book versions. You may also use the 5th edition if you are able to buy a second-hand copy, but please note that the chapter numbers and some content will be different - and the e-book is slightly different also.

Other required readings will be made available on Moodle.

We also strongly recommend this book, to help you with preparing lab assignments etc:

Burton, L. (2020). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology (5th ed.). Milton, Australia: Wiley. Available in hard copy or online as an e­book.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Appreciate the diversity of psychology research and practice
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  • Be able to collect and analyse data relevant to psychological questions, and to draw appropriate inferences from the data
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  • Be engaged and critical learners in relation to the discipline of psychology
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  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the important research topics in social and applied psychology, related areas, and the relationships between them
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  • Experience and appreciate psychological research, as both a researcher and as a participant
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  • Understand the pathways for future study in psychology
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How you will be assessed

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You will be assessed in multiple ways for PSYCH101: a test, laboratory assignments, quizzes and a final examination. Only the examination is is compulsory, but you are strongly encouraged to complete every item. Along with your research participation -(see below) they add up to 100% of your marks.

There is a test and an examination: they contain multiple-choice and 'fill in the blank' questions drawn from the material covered in the lectures and related readings. The Mid-trimester Test covers material from the first half of the trimester, and the Final Examination covers material from the second half of the trimester (it is not cumulative). Each will contribute 30% towards your final mark.

The Laboratory Assignments are written descriptions of the studies you conduct on yourselves in the labs. There are activities you will be running in labs, and you will answer questions about them or write a brief report on them. You will hand these in on Moodle via Turnitin. Each of these activities will contribute 10% towards your final mark.

There are two types of quizzes: lecture quizzes and video quizzes. Lecture quizzes are very short and cover material from both lectures and readings. There are five lecture quizzes (administered online) and they will each contribute 1% towards your final mark. Video quizzes are meant to be taken after watching their counterpart online videos, which cover some basic questions about psychology, scientific thinking, and research design and analysis of data. There are five video quizzes (also administered online) and they will also each contribute 1% towards your final mark.

In order to provide you with exposure to current psychological research, you will have the opportunity to participate in on-going research studies. You can earn up to 10% towards your final mark by actively participating (20 mins = 1%, with an additional 1% for on-campus studies – to recognise travel time) or alternatively by completing written analysis of research. You can mix and match these options. More information about these options is presented in the Additional Information section below, and details will be presented on Moodle.
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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. Mid-trimester test
18 Aug 2023
8:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Laboratory assessments (2 @ 10%) - dates below
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Lecture quizzes (5 @ 1%)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Video quizzes (5 @ 1%)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Research participation
6. Final Examination
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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