PSYC106-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Developmental

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


An introduction to social psychology, developmental psychology, personality and individual differences, and abnormal psychology.

Psychology is a popular choice among a wide variety of students. Psychology can be included in degrees in arts, science, law, commerce, education, music, and fine arts. Anyone eligible to attend university may enrol in first year psychology. Psychology is commonly chosen as the majoring subject for students graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Two 15-point introductory courses are available. Together they provide a general introduction to the major fields within psychology. PSYC105 (S1) and PSYC106 (S2) are the prerequisite courses for advancement to any PSYC 200 course.

Major domains covered in PSYC106 include:
• Developmental Psychology - this is the study of the age-related changes that occur in people as they live their lives from conception to death.
• Social Psychology - studies the ways that individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their social circumstances and interactions with other people.
• Abnormal Psychology and Psychotherapy - domains of psychology that consider what the concept of "abnormal" means in the context of individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and introduce the scientific study of the various therapies that have been developed to assist people recover from various mental health problems.
• Applied Psychology - provides an introduction to some of the ways that psychologists can make a living providing services to individuals, groups, communities, businesses, and governments.

Curiosity and an eagerness to acquire new information along with regular attendance at lecture and laboratory classes and the self discipline required to undertake unsupervised personal study are essential. No particular subject backgrounds are required if you have met the general university entrance requirements via NCEA or an equivalent route but students who have studied biology or any other science, or statistics or maths to NCEA levels 2 or 3 will find these useful preparation, but they are NOT essential. If you are more than 20 years of age and without university entrance qualifications, then competence in mathematics to NCEA level 1 and reading and writing in English to NCEA level 2 are assumed along with the ability to use a computer for word processing and internet access.

WHAT PSYC105 AND PSYC106 LEADS TO: Any PSYC200 level Psychology courses.
Comprehensive information is available about all courses in psychology in the Psychology Department's Handbook which can be downloaded as a pdf from the Department's Home Page/Quick Links or you can request a hard copy by emailing:

Learning Outcomes

On successfully passing this course, students will:
(a) Have learned some of the key terms used in the study of developmental, social, abnormal, and   applied psychology.
(b) Have gained an understanding of key concepts and theories in developmental, social, abnormal, and applied psychology.
(c) Have practiced some of the research techniques in the laboratory that are used to gain scientific knowledge in psychology.
(d) Have demonstrated elementary abilities in handling quantitative data in psychology.
(e) Have demonstrated abilities to write clearly about research procedures and data in a research report.
(f) Have practiced effective study skills.


PSYC103, PSYC104

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Participation 5%
Laboratory Exercises 16%
Research Report 15%
Test 16 Sep 2017 36%
Final Exam 28%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $817.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC106 Occurrences

  • PSYC106-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017