PSYC1030 – Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology65.6
I found this course to be extremely interesting as well as very easy, with a series of very interesting and engaging lecturers. There isn't a final exam, but rather a series of seven quizzes over the semester which if you just look over your lecture notes beforehand you should do extremely well on, as they're very simple. While the lab report in a bit bizarre and has an extremely strict 1000 word limit, the structure is explained in great detail and should be easy to pass. The content is also very fascinating, with a broad range of psychological concepts explained. I don't think you need the textbook, but it is a good back up for the content in the lectures.
PSYC1030 – Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology83.1
Overall course content was very broad, interesting, and very relevant. There were 5 lecturers who varied in style but mostly very engaging, especially Kana Imuta and Michael Thai. The lectures were generally very enjoyable and informative, and lecture recordings and slides were all accessible online.
The assessment - 35% lab report, 7 online quizzes, research participation (6%) and tutorial worksheets/participation (5%) made the subject quite easy to obtain pass/credit. It's not particularly difficult, but you do have to do the readings and be engaged to get higher grades.
The tutorials I didn't find particularly interesting since the worksheets are essentially copy/paste from slides (all available on Bb) and there wasn't much thought-provoking discussion IMO, but it may depend on your tutor and how familiar you are with social psychology.
The substantial focus of the lab report can be a bit confusing, but I think the focus should be to consider it as learning about how lab reports are structured generally and why - it's most useful to focus on the principles of the scientific method and report writing, rather than the actual experiment's content (regarding the effects of animals' cuteness on working memory), to be useful in the future.
Don't be afraid to ask questions and get involved in discussion, and seek feedback from tutors if possible, esp. on your lab report draft. The lecturers are all very approachable.
Semester 2 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No, where accessible online.
Is the textbook necessary?
Not strictly, but highly recommended and is very useful and interesting.
PSYC1030 – Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology72.6
Overall, this subject was good. The lecture content was very, very interesting. All of the lecturers are fantastic (especially Michael Thai). There are some easy marks up for grabs, including 6% for research participation (which is easy and usually very interesting) and 5% for tutorial attendance. However, the assignment is very weird. It's a basic 'laboratory report' in which you must discuss various aspects of two studies and then build on top of it by discussing a 'study' that is conducted in the tutorials. The maximum word count (1000) is absurdly short for the amount of information that you are expected to include - there are so many intricate details that you need to include within a confined limit. Also, the topic of the lab report was so weird - cute animals improve working memory? Despite there being numerous experimental studies which prove it, it just sounds weird to me.
Don't let the essay put you off, though - if you work hard on it and hand in a draft, then you should easily receive a 6/7. I was just shy of a 7 (84%) and I was confused as hell while writing the thing.
**Please note: I took this in Semester 2, 2015 even though this site doesn't provide that as an option.
PSYC1030 – Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology89.3
I know that this semester was the first time that psyc1030 consisted of online quizzes and no final exams and I really liked it this way. You can easily do well in quizzes by opening lecture slides and using ctrl F and looking for the answer because some questions are literally phrased in the same way as they are written on the slides. Sometimes you get questions which were not covered in the lectures but were based on textbook readings, if you haven't done them you can do a quick google. But quizzes can be a bit intense considering that you get 18 questions and 20 mins to answer.
I enjoyed the lectures. All the lecturers were good, they were engaging and added a bit of humour. Kana was the best lecturer by far, she's so funny. I also found the content very interesting.