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What is it and why should I do it?

Psychology is a subject for students who are interested in people and the mind. Topics covered include the Nervous System, Stress, Learning, Memory, States of Consciousness and Mental Health. The course builds on work done in Unit 1 & 2 Psychology but is mainly new content. There is quite a bit of overlap between the Year 12 course and the  Psychology courses done in first year University in Behavioural Science Courses.

How much homework/study will I have?

All Unit 3 and 4 subjects require 3 – 5 hours of study per week.

Much of the essential practise exercise work will need to be completed for homework. It is expected that students will finish off work each night after class, and more homework will be required studying for tests and assessments.

What contributes to my study score?

 SACs, a mid-year exam 40% and the end of year exam 60%.

The SACs are weighted as follows:  


SACTopicWeighting
SAC 1Unit 3: Nervous System and Stress Test8%
SAC 2Unit 3: Learning and Memory Test8%
SAC 3 Unit 4: Practical Investigation6%
SAC 4Unit 4: Research Methods Test 2%
SAC 5Unit 4: States of Consciousness and Stress Test8%
SAC 6Unit 4: Mental Health Test8%


How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?

To pass any VCE unit you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes. 

In Psychology you meet the Outcomes, primarily through completion of coursework, participation in class discussion an your results SAC assessments.

Unit 3

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain how the structure and function of the human nervous system enables a person to interact with the external world and analyse the different ways in which stress can affect nervous system functioning

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply biological and psychological explanations for how new information can be learnt and stored in memory, and provide biological, psychological and social explanations of a person’s inability to remember information.

 Unit 4

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain consciousness as a continuum, compare theories about the purpose and nature of sleep, and elaborate on the effects of sleep disruption on a person’s functioning.

 Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain the concepts of mental health and mental illness including influences of risk and protective factors, apply a biopsychosocial approach to explain the development and management of specific phobia, and explain the psychological basis of strategies that contribute to mental wellbeing.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to design and undertake a practical investigation related to mental processes and psychological functioning, and present methodologies, findings and conclusions in a scientific poster.

Give me all the details I want to know more:

VCAA Psychology 

PHSC Psychology 3&4 Wiki Page

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