APSY Course List

PSY3033 Forensic Psychology


The course in Forensic Psychology is directed at applying social science research methods and principles of psychological knowledge and theories to the contemporary issues of the criminal justice system. The course will introduce the student to a wide range of topics related to legal methods found in court, corrections and police work. The student will be introduced to the translation of psychological language into legal language found in courts and other legal institutions. The fact that a forensic psychologist is not a therapist and does not approach the issues and problems found in clinical psychology will be understood by the student. Emphasis on facts and objective assessment will be a key concept, the forensic psychologist must be acutely aware of his/her role at the behest of the judge or attorney representing the defendant. The student will be exposed to the myriad of situations and circumstances in the relationship between crime and mental illness. Thus the student of Forensic Psychology will understand the concepts of insanity, recidivism, risk assessment, police psychology and expert testimony.

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PSY4053 Health Psychology


Students will view health and illness through a bio-psycho-social lens, i.e. understand that physical well-being is the result of complex biological, social, and psychological factors. Students should develop the research skills and confidence necessary to critically examine advice about health they are given. Students will learn about behavioural interventions they could apply in their own life, either with others or themselves; modifying health behaviours, coping with stress or pain, or dealing with illnesses.

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PSY3083 History and Systems in Psychology


This course explores major developments ideas in the history and systems of psychology as an academic shaped the field; when and how psychology became a science; life histories of psychologists; and how ideas about what is "normal" are shaped by psychology. Although psychology really only became an independent discipline about 100 years ago, its history goes back much further than that. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of current methods of psychological intervention, with a strong emphasis on empirically supportive forms of treatment. Students can expect to learn about many widely used cognitive and behavioural methods, psychodynamic theories and methods including psychoanalytical perspectives, humanistic approach of counselling, modern theories and practical issues of positive psychology, self-awareness and well-being.

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PSY4003 Human Cognitive Psychology


The main objective of the course is to provide the student with the understanding and appreciation of the scientific methods and how it applies to the principles of cognitive psychology. Principles and theories of attention, memory, problem solving, comprehension and reasoning provide the core of human cognition and provide a context for other studies related to learning, intelligence and other areas of human behaviour. The student will experience the many avenues of empirical research found in studies of cognition and learn to appreciate the traditional research models of cognitive psychology ( e.g. Reaction times) and how they can be used to interpret mental events. The student will understand the failure of cognition (e.g. Trauma, dementia) and use this information and knowledge to further understand normal cognition. The student will hopefully appreciate the value of cognitive psychology in the context of contemporary issues confronting the discipline of psychology.

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GCIT1003 IT for Success in Everyday Life and Work


This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology (IT), and develops students’ confidence in using computers and computer applications. Useful and practical course contents are selected for learning how to be a competitive person in this information era. Students are introduced to the background of Computer Science, and the modern IT sector. Some of the major IT organisations are introduced, and current IT issues and questions are discussed. The basic architecture and design of a computer is explained. Software applications useful for students of all majors are introduced.

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PSY4043 Industrial and Organisational Psychology


This course will introduce the major aspects of Industrial and Organisational (I/O) Psychology. Students will learn and apply psychological principles and research methods pertaining to a variety of I/O psychology issues, such as individual factors in selection, placement, job analysis and design, safety and training. Students will examine the role of interpersonal relations, and individual differences in modifying and changing organisations, they will also gain insights to the decision making, group dynamics, leadership, employment law, job satisfaction, work motivation, organisational development and change processes within and between organisations.

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PSY4023 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics


The course in Group Dynamics introduces the student to the stages and processes of groups including the principles of group interaction which will address techniques, leadership and roles. These concepts will be applied as part of an experiential learning process with the student as participants in various group exercises. The object is learning while participating. The student will understand group dynamics within the processes of group development: this includes an assessment or group building phase, the initial phase of group development, the working and transition phases, the final or closure phase. Again, this is a course that incorporates both theoretical and experiential phases of group dynamics. The course does not have an orientation to counselling or industrial/personnel management, the course content and material is developed to provide the student with an understanding of group processes, goals, norms and roles, communication, leadership and cooperation.

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PSY2043 Introduction to Psychology


This is an introductory level course designed to provide an understanding of the basic scientific principles supporting the discipline of psychology. The course begins with the historic roots of psychology and the fundamentals of empirical research which will provide the basis of the bio-psycho-social model used throughout the course. The course will cover a wide range of topics beginning with the study of human development which will lead to further discussion of cognition, personality, learning perception, psychopathology and principles of socialisation, etc.

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GCNU1023 Mathematics Around Us


This course stresses the prevalence, relevance, and practicality of mathematics in the modern society especially in the context of planning and scheduling in management science, and issues concerning social choice and decision-making. Numerous real world examples are discussed. The mathematical techniques involved are taught through hands-on applications

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PSY3093 Psychological Assessment and Testing


The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge, understanding, and practices of students who will be involve in constructing tests, and understanding the meaning and value of test scores. This course introduces students to the psychological tests used in clinical, organisational, forensic, and educational settings. Through the address of topics such as test design, neuropsychological assessment, vocational interests, and projective techniques, students will gain insight to how testing data are used by professional psychologists when working with clients.

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PSY3063 Psychology of Cultural Diversity


This course is designed to provide students with a positive perception of cultural diversity. The most important elements of cultural diversity, understanding and awareness, will be addressed. The aim of the course is to examine how “the mind shapes culture” and how “culture shapes the mind”. We will begin by discussing immigration and cultural diversity from the point of view of those who change cultural environment and those who find themselves in environment where they are minorities. Psychology of Cultural Diversity employs a blend of experiential learning theory to engage the learner in a unique and participative set of learning experiences. Increased awareness of cultural diversity can translate into more tolerance, respect, and appreciation for the uniqueness of all people and culture.

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PSY4063 Psychology of the Chinese People


Although the Chinese people constitute more than a quarter of the world’s population, the purpose of this course is to summarise and integrate the wealth of data available on their psychological functioning. The purpose of this course is to introduce fundamental concepts from psychology in the different cultural context of Chinese people psychological functioning, to apply such concepts in understanding themselves and behaviours of others.

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PSY2013 Research Methods in Psychology


To cultivate critical thinking, and how it can be applied to a wide range of research topics in Psychology. This course will take a practical, skill-building approach to examining the nature of psychological research, the formulation of research questions, research design and methods, and the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research data and results. The course will enable the student to become competent in exploring, evaluating, and applying research findings to the wide range of problems in Psychology. It is also designed to help students become more sophisticated consumers of the increasing flood of scientific news, to help them discriminate between junk and serious science. It will also provide a solid methodological foundation for students to undertake their final year projects. At the end of the course, each student should decide on a topic for his/her final year project and develop a preliminary research project proposal. This proposal would form part of the course assessment.

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GCCH1023 Selected Themes in Chinese History and Civilisation


This course aims to provide students with (1) knowledge on the various aspects of China’s unique cultural qualities and achievements from past to present; (2) a rich vocabulary for them to be able to illustrate the historical eras of Chinese civilization; (3) the ability to critically analyse various cultural phenomena by looking at a wide spectrum of traditional Chinese ways of life; and (4) the awareness, interests and curiosities in Chinese history and civilization from a cultural perspective.

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PSY2023 Social Psychology


At the completion of the course the student should have a critical understanding of influence of social –psychological phenomena which occur in our daily lives. The student will develop an awareness of the fact that we sometimes spend entire days in interacting in a variety of different situations which lend themselves to the theories and principles of Social Psychology. The student will be aware of the contributions of social psychologists in the fields of business, medicine law and related areas. Social psychology is now represented as an element in other areas of psychology: clinical, forensic, industrial and organisational. Contributions to these fields flow in from the field of social psychology. Social psychology will give the student an interest and appreciation for cultural diversity and national interest, these areas represent extensive interest in research and experimentation in attempt to determine which are universal and which are cultural bound. Finally, emphasis will be placed on understanding the traditional topics such as aggression, violence, altruism, humanism and other social forces.

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