NCEA Level 1 Psychology 101

PSYC101
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Dudek

Recommended Prior Learning

The maturity to cope with all aspects of human behaviour and mental health issues in a classroom environment. Please be aware this is a literacy heavy course.


Psychology is the study of human behaviour. The emphasis of this course is on helping students understand the theoretical concepts and research methods associated with Psychology. 

The Year 11 Psychology programme looks at the following areas; 

  • Clinical Psychology: Students will be introduced to psychological approaches that can help explain human behaviour and they will be applying their knowledge to explain phobia. Students will look at the field of clinical psychology and learn theories to explain the positive and negative aspects of stress. We will also apply knowledge to understand stress management techniques.
  • Comparative psychology: animal psychology is an important aspect of psychology, we will examine the abilities for animals to learn language and communicate. Students will have the opportunity to conduct observations on Zoo animals.
  • Social psychology: Psychologists are very interested to understand why we conform to group or individual pressure, in this topic we will examine the influence of conformity on behaviour and will run our own conformity experiments.

There are no externals in this 101 course




Course Overview

Term 1
Clinical Psychology: Students will learn the key theories/ approaches and how they explain behaviour. They will relate these to real-life applications.
Psychology 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of psychological approaches.

Term 2
Developmental Psychology: Students will learn about theories of cognitive development.
Psychology 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the methods used in psychological research

Is Psychology a Science? Explain key features of Science
Psychology 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of a psychological debate

Ethics: Students will analyse the NZ Code of ethics and apply to counselling scenarios in NZ
Psychology 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of a psychological debate

Term 3
Students will look at the field of clinical psychology and learn theories to explain the positive and negative aspects of stress. We will also apply knowledge to understand stress management techniques.
Comparative psychology: animal psychology is an important aspect of psychology, we will examine the abilities of animals to learn language and communicate. Students will have the opportunity to conduct observations on Zoo animals.
Psychology 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how theory is used in fields of psychological practice

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Assessment Policy & Procedures
Pathway

NCEA Level 2 Classical Studies 201, NCEA Level 2 Geography 201, NCEA Level 2 Health 201, NCEA Level 2 History 201, NCEA Level 2 Legal Studies 201, NCEA Level 2 Psychology 201

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students will be given the opportunity to attend at least one trip with year. Numbers permitting, we will run an overnight trip to the zoo. The trip's price will be $50-60 and will include accommodation, a nighttime tour of the zoo, evening activities in the zoo, a full days admission the next day and a bus back to school.


Assessment Information This course is assessed by internals only, there are no externals..