• In this unit, students focus on contemporary issues. The content focuses on a number of concepts that enable them to fully appreciate the complexities of human behaviour, at an individual, group and societal level. They examine the traditional theories of intelligence and the concept of perception and expand their knowledge and understanding of human behaviour by analysing such factors as heredity. They study the impact of group influences on individual behaviour and carry out their own practical investigations. Students learn to identify the aims of a psychological investigation, recognise the method/s used and evaluate the conclusions. They apply appropriate structure to, and sequence data using correctly labelled tables, graphs and diagrams.

    Students also focus on human performance. The content focuses on memory and forgetting, motivation and arousal and how they affect human performance. Students extend their understanding of how we learn by looking at classical and operant conditioning and negative and positive reinforcement. They explore what is meant by the term personality and examine the relationship between personality, motivation and human performance. Students select and apply knowledge about social psychology to investigate relationships in a range of social contexts. They apply appropriate communication skills and processes in the communication of psychological understandings to a range of audiences. They also apply psychological research methods allowing them to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking and making inferences.

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  • Stage 3 Geograhy course - Planning Cities and Climate Change

  • Semester 1 - In this unit, students focus on a healthy lifestyle.  The content focuses on behavioural change. They expand their knowledge and understanding of
    human behaviour by looking at behaviour that is dependent on development and maturation.  Students apply knowledge of social psychology to
    contemporary issues and problem-solving issues of social concern. They develop competence in communication skills and processes involved in the
    communication of psychological information to a range of audiences. Students explain the relevance of key research findings and implications for further
    research. They engage in detailed investigations of experimental designs and methods used to assess psychological and physiological responses.

    Semester 2 - In this unit, students focus on diversity and community. They extend their understanding of the relationship between physical, cognitive and social development in shaping behaviour. Students examine the interrelationships between different areas of psychology and related disciplines, evaluate ethical issues as they relate to human and
    animal experiments and examine the professional code of conduct for psychologists. They look at the role of the experimenter, participants’ rights,
    informed consent procedures, and deception in research and confidentiality. Students synthesise a range of ideas, concepts and knowledge when
    considering a contemporary debate in psychology.


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