PSYCH 108 : Individual, Social and Applied Psychology


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Topics covered may include: developmental and social psychology including group behaviour, the measurement of mental abilities, intelligence, models of personality, clinical and health psychology, methods of therapeutic intervention, and the psychological similarities and differences between cultures. A laboratory component, in which students are required to participate as subjects, forms part of the course.

Course Overview

This course provides students with an overview of practices within, and applications arising out of, the discipline of psychology. The course is designed to introduce students to the many areas of psychology, and when coupled with a complementary course PSYCH 109, provides an essential grounding in the discipline and the basis for further study in the School of Psychology. Topics covered may include: developmental and social psychology including group behaviour, the measurement of mental abilities, intelligence, models of personality, clinical psychology, methods of therapeutic intervention, and the psychological similarities and differences between cultures.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Gain an understanding of key theories and research in social, clinical, developmental and cultural psychology. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
  2. Gain an understanding of research practices in social, clinical, developmental, and cultural psychology. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Gain understanding of the role of culture and ethnicity in the study and practice of psychology. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
  4. Adopt a critical stance when evaluating evidence and theory in psychological science. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  5. Analyse qualitative data and apply this to a real world issue. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 10% Individual Test
Assignment 20% Individual Coursework
Laboratory participation exercises 10% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Laboratory participation exercises
Final Exam

Plussage is a system in which your final mark can be based either on your coursework marks plus your exam mark, or your exam mark alone.  If you are eligible for plussage the final mark will be the higher of these two marks.  Please see the course materials for further details on plussage. 


The Tuākana (mentoring) Programme is specifically for Māori and Pacific students. Tuākana Programmes are an Equal Opportunities initiative. They are run in many different departments across the university and have been developed to encourage the success and retention of Māori and Pacific students. In the School of Psychology the Tuākana Programme aims to do this by increasing both social and academic support between students, and between staff and students. The programme mainly involves more senior psychology students working together with less senior students (all stages) to provide this support throughout the semester. 
Benefits of being involved in the Tuākana Programme include: 
• Increased support and encouragement. 
• Increased communication and access to resources. 
• Increased networks – getting to know more students, at your own level and above. 
• Increased enjoyment and opportunity to succeed. 

Key Topics

Māori psychology  -  Jade Le Grice
Cultural Psychology -  Sam Manuela
Clinical Psychology - Gwenda Willis
Clinical Psychology -  Margaret Dudley
Social Psychology - Niki Harré
Social Development - Andrea Mead
Personality -  Andrea Mead
Intelligence -  Andrea Mead

Learning Resources

Kosslyn, R.M., Rosenberg, R.S. & Lambert, A.J. Psychology in Context (1st New Zealand Edition). Auckland, NZ: Pearson Education. 

Special Requirements

Students are expected to be on campus during term time to attend to their university requirements.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 12 hours of laboratories, 60 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 42 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Other Information

Please see the course canvas page for further information. 

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 12/02/2020 08:13 p.m.