Psychology Papers at Tauranga (2020)

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

Psychology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Psychology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Psychology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH203, PSYCH204, PSYCH211, and 60 points from PSYCH307, PSYCH314, PSYCH319, PSYCH322, PSYCH337 and PSYCH338.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major for the BSc, students must include at least 30 points from PSYCH307, PSYCH314, PSYCH319, PSYCH322, PSYCH337 and PSYCH338.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Psychology, including PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH211, 30 points at Level 200, and at least 60 points above 200 level.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points including at least 45 points above 200 level.

To complete a minor in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Psychology major, including at least 15 points at 200 level and at least 15 points at 300 level.

Note: Students intending to major in Psychology are recommended to include PSYCH307 in their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at postgraduate study.

Students taking Psychology as part of a double major should discuss paper selection with one of the Psychology Undergraduate Advisors.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
    PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
    PSYCH203Cognitive Psychology and Development20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.
    PSYCH204Behavioural Psychology and Perception20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    Students will learn the basic assumptions of the philosophy of behaviourism, the principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community importance.
    PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HMDEV340Perspectives on Counselling20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
    PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
    PSYCH307Psychological Research Methods20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The paper covers research theory and methods, making students critical consumers of psychological research. It expands on concepts taught in PSYCH211 to build more advanced research skills.
    PSYCH314Behaviour Analysis20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an understanding of the philosophy of behaviourism, experimental methods used in the study of behaviour, and the application of behavioural principles
    PSYCH317Organisational Psychology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course offers a general introduction to the psychology of work and organisational behaviour.
    PSYCH319Infant and Child Development20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of infants' and children's cognitive, emotional, and social development from a psychological perspective.
    PSYCH337Individual Differences and Measurement20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course will cover measurement issues in psychology, and a range of basic measurement techniques. It will include coverage of theories of intelligence and of personality and their measurement.
    PSYCH338Mental Health and Well Being20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This course offers an introduction to the definition, assessment, and treatment of mental disorders.
    PSYCH344Positive Psychology20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover research in areas such as well-being, flow, personal strength, creativity, innovation, psychological health, resilience and characteristics of positive groups, institutions and organisations.
    PSYCH389Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
    PSYCH390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH588Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    PSYCH589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton), 20S (Online) & 20S (Tauranga)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
    PSYCH590Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20D (Hamilton), 20D (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton) & 20S (Tauranga)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
    PSYCH591Honours Dissertation20D (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH592Dissertation20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH593Psychology Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PSYCH594Psychology Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PSYC900Psychology PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20I (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 31 July 2020 9:24am

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