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Behavioural Science

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Have knowledge and skills in communication (interpersonal, intercultural, public speaking);
  • Prepare and present an oral seminar;
  • Have an understanding of a range of social issues and be able to view them using sociological perspectives and theory
  • Conduct basic research (e.g., experiment) according to established principles in an area within the behavioural sciences
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of facts, concepts, and principles of the behavioural sciences
  • Research relevant data from a variety of sources
  • Demonstrate relevant English language and Behavioural Science-specific language skills.

Course outline

Semester One

Semester 1 starts with the field of communication. Firstly, students are encouraged to develop their understanding, knowledge and practical abilities in oral communication and public speaking. Aspects of interpersonal communication and intercultural communication are also examined. Next students, investigate a range of social issues from a sociological perspective. They are introduced to numbers of sociological concepts and theories and use these to broaden their viewpoints about what causes and perpetuates human behaviour. They prepare and deliver an oral seminar on the social issue of their choice.

Semester Two

Semester 2 introduces students to the process of scientific research that underpins theory across the disciplines and they participate in the conducting and write up of an experiment. The subject then goes on to explore the field of psychology with its focus on the individual, providing an overview of the theory relating to cognition and memory, social influence, learning, and psychological wellbeing.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD204BEH01A Examine behavioural science theory and associated behaviour

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Seminar

25%

B

Semester 1 Examination

25%

 

Total

50%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

C

Research Report

20%

D

Concept Presentation

 5%

E

Semester 2 Examination

25%

 

Total

50%