PSY1
This course requires 2 options.

Psychology 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Adams

An introduction to Psychology. Psychology is the study of the brain and behaviour. Key issues faced by psychologists will be looked at. These include depression; community mental health; and what makes great athletes. Some debates that will be explored include: nature vs nurture, and what makes athletes and criminals.

It will also cover famous Psychology experiments and sports psychology.


Course Overview

Term 1
The various approaches used to explain behaviour.
Questions looked at will include:
Why do you automatically put your set belt on when entering a car?
Why does a simple noise like a bell ringing make you get up out of your seat and go to your next class?
Is there a part of the brain that controls emotions? What if this part of the brain was “switched” off?

Term 2
Are humans and animals the product of nature or nurture?
Was Lebron James destined to be great?
Was Jack the Ripper always going to go down that dark path?

Famous experiments in Psychology
Milgram's experiment and the Robber's cave

Term 3
Sports Psychology.
Why does every elite sports team in the world employ a Sports psychologist?
What is the “top two inches” elite sportsman and coaches speak of?

Criminal psychology
How can you tell if some really is insane? How can someone tell if a witness is reliable or not?

Term 4
Finish internal on Sports
Sleep and dreams study.

Prerequisites

Open Entry

Pathway

Psychology leads too many careers. These include teaching, psychologist, social work, the police, criminologist, research, counselling, and marketing. It is a subject that is all about people.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 18 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91839 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of psychological approaches
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 6
Term: 1, Week: 7
Term: 1, Week: 8
Term: 1, Week: 9

A.S. 91840 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of a psychological debate
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 8
Term: 2, Week: 9
Term: 2, Week: 10

A.S. 91841 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the methods used in psychological research
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 5
Term: 3, Week: 6
Term: 3, Week: 7

A.S. 91842 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how theory is used in fields of psychological practice
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 10
Term: 4, Week: 1
Term: 4, Week: 2

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 18
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0