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Introduction to Psychology: Academic Skills and Final Assessment

Grow your skills in academic writing and psychological research, and then prove what you've learned with a final assessment.

Introduction to Psychology: Academic Skills and Final Assessment

Master critical communication and research skills essential for psychology

Get the chance to earn academic credit towards Monash’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology

On this course, you’ll work through the process of planning, preparing and writing your own formal report, which is a central task in any psychological research.

Like any science, citing and referencing other people’s work is important to the discipline of psychology. On this course, you’ll also have the opportunity to practise citing your information sources in a style most frequently used by psychologists, which is an essential skill to cultivate.

Finally, you’ll have your chance to prove what you’ve learned by submitting assessments that draw together everything you’ve learned.

To join this course, you must have received a statement of completion or upgraded on, and successfully completed the six other courses from Monash University’s Introduction to Psychology Program, currently available for free through our Study With Australia initiative.

This course requires at least 70 hours of study.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW E MUNDY PHD: With so much research being published all the time, how do we make sense of it all or understand what represents quality science? And how do we effectively communicate our own findings to others? What is a literature review and why is being able to plan, write and reference your own review such a crucial skill in psychology? Hi. I’m Matthew Mundy and I’m the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. This course will guide you through the process of writing a literature review, which is a crucial task in any psychology research or academic practice.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds As psychologists, we need to be able to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of people. We need to be able to draw together and critique threads of information in theory from equally diverse fields of scientific understanding. Psychology itself, as you may have learned by now, is a large and complex field. Psychologists need a deep understanding of everything from cells and neurons to personality profiles. You’ll learn how to select a research topic, as well as strategies for finding literature on that topic. You’ll also learn how to critically evaluate, organise and synthesise your information in a format that clearly describes the current state of knowledge on your chosen topic.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 seconds This is essential when you’re planning to communicate your work in either a professional or academic context. This is the final course in a set of courses that create a for credit pathway into Monash University’s fully online graduate diploma of psychology. This course is designed for graduates who have already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and who are interested in expanding their science and research skills that are crucial to this discipline. No prior study of psychology is required or expected, but we’ll be here to guide you and give you feedback along the way. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you’ve gained from all the other courses that make up this program.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds Remember, learners who successfully complete the full set of courses, including the assessment, and who are accepted into the graduate diploma of psychology, will receive one unit of academic credit. So if you feel you’re ready to make a start on your lit review and complete the assessment, I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining a literature review
  • Planning your psychological essay
  • APA referencing and formatting
  • Selecting a research topic
  • Strategies for searching the literature
  • Evaluating, organising and synthesising your information

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate a chosen psychology topic by exploring current research literature
  • Evaluate information from a range of academic sources
  • Synthesise information from a range of academic sources
  • Demonstrate communication and IT skills in the presentation of an oral report.
  • Research the literature on a topic of relevance and synthesise findings into a concise essay.

Who is the course for?

This is the final course in the Introduction to Psychology Program. To join this final assessment course, you must have received a statement of completion or upgraded on, and successfully completed the six other courses from Monash University’s Introduction to Psychology Program.

This assessment course will enable you to synthesise and apply the knowledge you have gained in the ‘Introduction to Psychology’ program.

What will the assessment involve?

This six-week final assessment course will guide you through the process of writing a literature review, a central task in any psychology research.

Drawing on the concepts you have covered in your other Introduction to Psychology Program courses, you will be able to choose a psychology topic you would like to research.

For this final assessment course, you will complete three assessment tasks in English:

  • Assessment task 1: Record a 5-7 minute video presentation (worth 25% of your final mark)

  • Assessment task 2: Write a 1,000-word literature review (25% of your final mark)

  • Assessment task 2: Final online exam covering content from all six courses Introduction to Psychology courses you have already completed (50%).

This course will require at least 70 hours of study.

Complete the program

The Introduction to Psychology program is based on the first unit of Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP).

Learners who successfully complete the seven courses in the Program and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit.

To find out more, explore the Graduate Diploma of Psychology course description on the Monash University website.

Who will you learn with?

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Leah is Lead Educator for the Introduction to Psychology MOOC. Leah is Deputy Director Education for the School of Psychological Sciences and Course Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

What's included?

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