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Unit of Study Outline PSS320B Social Psychology
Study Period 1, 2013
Version date (7 February, 2013)

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Shelley Connell Page 2 of 12 . Dr Sharon Grant. Dr Ben Bullock Acknowledgment to the following for their contribution in the production of this unit: Dr Ben Bullock.The Unit team responsible for planning and production of this Unit is: Unit Chair: Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam On campus Unit Convener: Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam Online Unit Convenor: Dr Jennifer Beaudry Teaching Panel: Dr Sharon Grant. Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam. Suzette Goldwasser. James Collett. Dr Jennifer Beaudry.

2013 Online delivery PSS110 — Introduction to Psychology 1 PSS120 — Introduction to Psychology 2 STA102 — Foundations of Statistics (Previously STA15) STA210 — Analysis of Variance STA310 — Multivariate Statistics One of the following two units: PSS240 — Cognition and Human Performance PSS250 — Developmental Psychology Co-requisites Credit Points N/A 12.edu. ATC 1023 Phone No. The Swinburne student email system. Swinburne email accounts can be forwarded to personal accounts.5 Teaching Staff Name Role Campus & Room No.edu. This will ensure your email is received in a timely manner and not automatically sent to the SPAM filter used by Swinburne.edu. Page 3 of 12 .html for more information on how to use it.au/faq. Email Address Consultation Times Dr Jennifer Beaudry James Williams Email Convenor Tutor (03) 9214 5028 jbeaudry@swin. Outlook Live. As part of the email criteria please clearly place in the subject heading the Unit Code and a brief topic description.au jwilliams@swin.Unit of Study Outline Unit of study code Unit of study name Teaching Term/Semester & Year Contact Hours (hrs/wk) or total contact hours Prerequisites PSS320B Social Psychology Study Period 1. also inside your email state your name (first name and last name) so that your email can be attended to as soon as possible.swinburne.com.au By appointment By appointment All emails sent to either your tutor or the unit convener of this unit need to be sent from your student email account. is located at http://outlook. See http://live.

By the end of this semester you will have been exposed to most of the major areas of current interest in social psychology and you should be familiar with many of the typical methodologies used by social psychologists. Methods and Ethics Social Cognition Attitudes Attribution and Social Knowledge Self and identity Social Psychology of Health Interpersonal attraction and relationships Prejudice and discrimination Page 4 of 12 . cultural differences. health. an ability to engage in group discussions about socio-cultural concepts and an understanding of yourself and others from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. group decisionmaking. an ability to think in theoretical terms and to critically evaluate social psychologists’ ideas and research findings. 6.g. and actions are influenced by the perceived. interpersonal attraction. including ethics. interactions within and across group boundaries (e. and to cultivate global citizenship. 5. discrimination). In addition to the major topics of social psychology. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their implicit biases. 4... the influence of the socio-cultural environment on individuals (e. intergroup relationship). prejudice. and applied issues (e. and predict the ways in which people's thoughts. theorists.g. feelings.. an understanding of the main theoretical perspectives adopted by Social Psychologists. social influence). be able to conduct advanced statistical techniques that answer social psychological research questions. Social psychologists examine the processes of interaction between individuals and the society in which they live. 2.Aims This subject forms part of the undergraduate major in psychology. to explore ways to broaden their perspectives.g. Learning Objectives At the completion of this unit students will have developed: 1. methods. Students will gain skills. interactions between individuals (e. 7. globalisation. methods. the self). Social Psychology seeks to understand. health psychology.g.. A final examination will cover the major theories. or implied thoughts. relationships). social justice. attitudes. social cognition. and research findings of social psychology plus the related areas of psychology that are covered in the lectures. The aim of the subject is to expose students to the major theories. an appreciation of the importance of social and cultural influences on human behaviour..g. explain. feelings. 3. an understanding of research methodology. and applications of social psychology. and 8. the ability to write in a clear. analytical and problem solving skills. scientific manner.. work. Content • • • • • • • • Introduction to Social Psychology: History. acculturation). knowledge and the ability to analyse human behaviour as it occurs within the social context. and the critical evaluation of research within the context of Social Psychology. the course includes coverage of areas which apply the theories and research methods of social psychology to social issues (e. and actions of others. These include the ways in which the social world is perceived (e.g. We expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of some of these areas in your research report and practical assignment. imagined.

Following the weekly schedule provides students with an opportunity to share their ideas and interact with their fellow participants and course facilitators about the material. Sydney: Prentice Hall.. ability to tackle unfamiliar problems. you will be able to access a transcript of the session to see their discussion.). (2011).). The day and time of this session will be announced on Blackboard. and ability to work independently Learning and Teaching Structure As this is an Off-Campus unit you will need to take responsibility for your learning. Belmont. • • • • You should follow the dates provided in your Weekly Schedule (as contained in this document) for all assessment items and suggested course content sequencing. • Students are expected to utilise all of the resources which are available online and undertake the assigned readings. In total. activities and exercises given in the unit’s learning materials. R. communications skills. B. Fein. the course does follow a weekly schedule. more if required. but strongly encouraged.• • • • Group behaviour Social Influence Aggression Psychology and the Law Resources and Reference Material The text for this subject is: Kassin. CA: Wadsworth. In a typical week. problem solving skills. students should expect to commit at least 10-12 hours of time per week to this unit. and participate in discussions with your peers. How to write psychology laboratory reports and essays (6th ed. S. Page 5 of 12 . you will read a chapter from the text. This session is voluntary. (For example. (2012). complete activities. Teaching staff will be available to assist when required. S.. Students are required to attempt all assessment pieces and the examination. However. Please note: students are required to have access to the SPSS software used in the statistics units. or via the online discussion forums. & Markus. For guidelines on how to write prac reports.formal contact time plus independent study time . Social Psychology (8th ed. on-campus students typically spend twelve and a half hours of total time . If you are unable to attend. H. Key Generic Skills for this Unit of Study You will be provided with feedback on your progress in attaining the following generic skills: • • • • • • teamwork skills. analysis skills. but it will be up to you to take the initiative and contact your convenor or appointed tutor by email. see: Findlay. A weekly tutorial will be held allowing you to join your fellow classmates in a real-time chat with your tutor regarding the material for that week. Students can log on to the course whenever convenient.5 credit point unit of study). and check each Lesson under the Learning Materials menu on Blackboard.a week on a 12.

Weekly Schedule – Study Period 1. Discussion of Assignment 1 in preparation for Forum. cults. Participate in Discussion Forum for Assignment 1. Review and submit Assignment 2 22 April 10 11 12 22 April – Students withdrawing on or after this date will receive NLWD (see page 12) Aggression Start exam revision 29 April (Chapter 11) Aggression Health belief model and Health Continue exam revision 6 May the prevention of obesity. the role of the group in individual soldiers behaviour of at Abu Ghraib in 2006. ASSESSMENT Review Assignment 1 handout. Exam preparation Continue exam revision Review your revision notes Page 6 of 12 13 . Prejudice. 2013 # 1 25 February 2 4 March 3 Week Beginning LESSON Introduction: Social Psychology and Research Methods (Chapters 1 & 2) Attitudes (Chapter 6) The Social Self (Chapter 3) ACTIVITIES Introduction and Assignment 1. Putting yourself in the shoes of a minority. Develop hypotheses and draft method. Festinger’s cognitive dissonance experiment. (Chapter 14) 13 May 20 May Law (Chapter 13) Revision Law case studies. 11 March 5 25 March 6 Stereotypes. Review Assignment 2 handout and questionnaires. 18 March – Census Date 4 18 March Perceiving Persons (Chapter 4) Social Cognition. The “averageness hypothesis” of attractiveness. Hypothesis generation task. Assignment 1 written report due. Discuss practical implicit attitude assignment. Milgram’s obedience experiment. and Discrimination (Chapter 5) Conformity (Chapter 7) 1 April Assignment 2. complete questionnaires for Assignment 1. issues of love Analyse data and draft results section. 7 April – Last Day to withdraw without academic penalty (WD) 7 8 April Group Processes (Chapter 8) Stanford prison experiment. OUA Examination Services Venue Selection Open 8-28 April 8 15 April Attraction and Close Relationships (Chapter 9) Draft Discussion section 21 April – Last day to withdraw to receive WDFP (see page 12) 9 Helping Others (Chapter 10) Helping others. Asch’s experiment. Read key references and draft introduction.

com/pages/viewpage. Chrome. Assessment Task Details: Assessment Task Individual/ Group Task Group discussion and individual report Individual report Individual Related Learning Objective(s) 1-5 Weighting Due Date Implicit attitude assignment 10% Week 3 – Group Discussion Week 4 – Individual Report Research report Exam 1-8 1-6 40% 50% Week 9 TBA Please note: Assessments are due on the Friday by 11:55pm. Internet Explorer version 8 and above. Blackboard (iLearn) Site for this Unit of Study Important information concerning this unit of study is placed on the Swinburne course management system (Blackboard).Exam Date and Time PURPOSE To be advised by OUA Examination Services. To redirect your Swinburne email. Type in your ID number and your password. and • any emails sent by the teaching staff to your student email address via Blackboard. Assessment a.6 and above. accessible via http://ilearn. Note your ID number is your student ID and your password is initially set to your date of birth in the format DDMMYY • the Announcements section on Blackboard.blackboard.6 and above.edu. Student Feedback: Swinburne seeks student feedback in a number of ways.au/redirect.swinburne.edu. Chrome. Faculty Academic Committees. Possible improvement based on both student and staff feedback is considered by Unit Convenors.action?pageId=101285989 for more information.html for information on how to do this. Mac users: Firefox version 3. • If you access your email through a provider other than Swinburne. go to http://live. including through Student Feedback surveys. and the Academic Programs Quality Committee. Please note: Not all internet browsers support Blackboard. Safari version 5.swin. See http://kb. Unit Panels made up of relevant teaching staff. Program Panels. as appropriate. it is your responsibility to ensure that your Swinburne email is forwarded to your private email address. The compatible browsers are as follows: PC users: Firefox version 3. as part of the university’s approach to quality assurance and improvement. Page 7 of 12 .au/ It is your responsibility to access on a regular basis • the Blackboard site for your unit of study.

An HD grade (high distinction) shows that a student is familiar with the topic in impressive detail. while some parts of it may be reasonable. but has done little to elaborate on basic material or ideas.74% 50% . A C grade (credit) indicates that a student has shown a creditable knowledge and understanding of the area in question. 3. or that there is an unevenness to the student's work such that. Sometimes students feel that they know more about the assignment than they have been given credit for. Page 8 of 12 .e.49% High Distinction (HD) Distinction (D) Credit (C) Pass (P) Fail (N) A few words of explanation about the meaning of these categories may help to interpret your marks. discussion boards and emails. which are online tutorials. has shown very good performance in research and exposition and has impressed the examiner by the level of demonstrated knowledge.. has gone some way beyond the basic minimum reading. 2. To enable staff to rate students' knowledge and understanding of the area assessed. To provide the students with feedback indicating how well they have met the assignment requirements. 5. and 2. Use these to improve your work. However. staff can only give marks for what actually appears in the work being assessed.64% 0% . However. effort and presentation. Participation Requirements Students are encouraged to make use of all the electronic facilities and resources available on the unit website. You are welcome to discuss your work after it has been returned to you. Minimum Requirements to pass this Unit of Study: In order to achieve a pass in this unit of study. and this may well be true. A D grade (distinction) means that a student has distinguished herself or himself in the submitted work. These methods of engaging in the unit are advised but not mandated. Marks and their associated grades are as follows: 85% or above 75% . Research Report and Exam) Obtain an overall weighted mark of 50% or greater Assessment marks serve two purposes: 1. has made points and has taken up aspects of the topic which are original and refreshing and generally has submitted work which is of an exceptionally high standard. 1. c. 4. leave at least 24 hours after your have received an assignment back before discussing it with your tutor. You will find comments attached to your returned essays. Implicit Attitude Assignment. A P grade (pass) indicates that either a student shows evidence of having grasped the basics of the area in question.b. An N grade (fail) indicates that a student has failed to present evidence of an acceptable level of knowledge or understanding of the area in question or has seriously misunderstood the requirements of the assignment. analysis or exposition.84% 65% . you must: • • Submit all assessments listed in the Assessment section (a) above (i. other aspects are poor. An HD indicates quite a rare level of work.

Sydney: Prentice Hall and also the American Psychological Association’s (2010) Publication Manual (6th ed. the unit code. g.edu. • has a correct file name. Please make sure that your work: • conforms to APA requirements (see Findlay. Page 9 of 12 .) • is typed. Extensions and Late Submissions: Assessment due dates are published in Unit Outlines at the start of the teaching period and will not normally be extended except where students had their studies adversely affected by acute illness. o Submissions more than 10 days late will receive zero marks. • has been formatted with or is easily opened by Microsoft Word . unit title and your tutor’s name. The convenor will then determine the mark to be allocated in consultation with the examiner(s). (2009). . • has a statement declaring that the assignment has not been copied or plagiarised. It is your responsibility to make available a copy of any work. Instructions of how to submit the assignments can be found on the Assessments page.doc – there is no need to add your student id number as the system automatically adds this to your file name. For more information refer to http://policies.edu. Students must retain all assessed material that contributes to the final result up until such time as the final results are published. • has been copied before submission. double-spaced (between lines) and has appropriate margins.au/ppdonline/showdoc. If the issue is not thereby resolved. Washington: American Psychological Association. f. How to write psychology reports and essays. and student id. Submission of Assignments: Submission of written work is by electronic means. Students must retain all assessed material that contributes to the final result up until such time as the final results are published. misadventure or other extraordinary cause or circumstance reasonably beyond their control.e..odt. This statement can be found on the Assessments page. the convenor will notify the student of the extended date. . your name. she or he should first discuss this with the staff member who examined the work.). Policy on Re-Marking • • If a student has good reasons to believe that she or he has been unfairly assessed.lilydale.htm If approved. Smith_John_PSS320_Assign1..aspx?recnum=POL/2007/9 • Late submissions o Late submissions are penalised at a rate of 10% of the total marks per day. Students who need to request an extension of time to the due date for a piece of assessment (excluding end of teaching period final examinations) must contact their Unit Convenor before the due date to discuss their circumstances and submit the extension form located at http://www. Assessment Results: For the formative assessment tasks results will be available through the MyGrades section of Blackboard. B. • is numbered page by page. which you claim to have submitted.au/students/current. Note that there are APA conventions for numbering psychology reports. Make and keep a copy of your assignment in case your original is lost or misplaced. • has on its front page the title of the assignment.swinburne. the convener may arrange for a re-examination of the work. for example.swinburne.docx are okay but not pdf files.doc.

It should be noted that Swinburne encourages its students to talk to staff. This remains plagiarism whether or not it is with the knowledge or consent of the other person or people. • Any request for re-marking must be made within seven (7) working days after the return of the particular work in question. Enabling plagiarism means allowing or otherwise assisting another student to copy or otherwise plagiarise work by. visual. found at: http://www. of the whole or part of a written work from any source including but not limited to a book. that is objects. Assessment and Appeals Policy and Procedure The information outlined in the Assessment sections above is covered in more detail in Swinburne’s Assessment and Appeals Policy and Procedure. audio. plagiarism policies and details explaining how to apply for a review of results and other appeals. Plagiarism includes any of the following.pdf The Policy and Procedure provides details about: • Assessment issues such as the conduct of examinations. any other person’s work.edu. newspaper article. allowing access to a draft or completed assignment or other work. a website or database. costumes. rather than perhaps reacting "in the heat of the moment" to the grade given. without full and appropriate acknowledgment to the original source(s): (i) The use of the whole or part of a computer program written by another person. (iii) the paraphrasing of another’s work. Groupwork Guidelines: N/A i. artefacts. graphic and photographic models. fellow students and other people who may be able to contribute to a student’s academic work but that where independent assignment is required.swinburne. This is to allow the student time to thoroughly read the comments made by the marker and absorb their implications. NOTE: • No discussion of grades will occur within 24 hours of the return of the graded work to students. models and the like. Students must be familiar with the Policy and Procedure. (ii) the use. Enabling plagiarism contributes to plagiarism and therefore will be treated as a form of plagiarism by the University.• The final mark will usually be an average of the first and second mark. writings or other work of someone else as though it is your own work. journal. unless the two markers agree on a different mark. (v) the use of realia. in essays or other assessable work. Plagiarism also includes the preparation or production and submission or presentation of assignments or other work in conjunction with another person or other people when that work should be your own independent work. h. (iv) the use of musical composition. Have another look at what has been said about the awarding of grades in this document. Plagiarism: Swinburne University of Technology defines Plagiarism as the action or practice of taking and submitting or presenting the thoughts. j. current or past student’s work. set of lecture notes. submitted or presented work must be the student’s own. for example. and Page 10 of 12 .au/corporate/registrar/ppd/docs/AssessmentandAppealsHigherEducation.

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