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An overview of Unit 3/4 Psychology including tips on study and exams.

An overview of Unit 3/4 Psychology including tips on study and exams.

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  • 1. Unit 3/4 Psychology
  • 2. Course Overview Unit 3: The conscious self Course work (SAC’s: total 100 marks) 17% of total marks Mid year exam 33% of total marks Unit 4: Brain, behaviour & experience Course work (SAC’s: total 100 marks) 17% of total marks End of year exam 33% of total marks So.... Course work (SAC’s) 34% of study score Exams 66% of study score SAC = School Assessed Course Work. * You MUST be present for SAC’s. If you are not present you must contact the school BEFORE the SAC and produce a medical certificate, otherwise you are awarded a zero for that particular Outcome. You MUST complete all the outcomes to pass the subject.
  • 3. Unit 3: The conscious self
    • AOS one: Mind, brain & body
    • - Roles of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system & autonomic nervous system
    • The Physical make-up of the cerebral cortex (brain) and the roles of each part
    • Selective attention & wakefulness
    • States of consciousness
    • Sleep
    • Brain & sleep anomalies
    • Brain research methods
    • Sample Exam Question:
    • A picture of an apple is flashed into Mario’s right visual field. Which part of his brain would register this information? (1 Mark)
    • If his corpus callosum was completely severed, how would he demonstrate what he had seen? (1 Mark)
  • 4. Unit 3: The conscious self
    • - AOS two: Memory
    • - Why do I remember some things and forget other things?
    • How do I form memories?
    • How do I improve my memory?
    • Why does my memory decline over my lifespan?
    • What is my memory made up of?
    • * Research methods & ethics (include across the entire course)
    • Sample Exam Question:
    • Mark was in a serious car accident, although he was not injured. In the days following the accident he could not help thinking about it over and over. In terms of the consolidation theory, explain why Mark is able to remember the details of the accident in 6 weeks time. (2 Marks)
  • 5. Unit 4: Brain, behaviour & experience
    • AOS one: Learning
    • Behaviours we do not learn
    • How do we learn?
    • Different ways of learning
    • Punishment & Reinforcement
    • AOS two: Mental Health
    • - What is mental illness & mental health?
    • Classifying mental illness
    • Looking at the relationship between biological, social & psychological factors and mental health
    • Phobias & their management
    • In depth look at one of the following: Gambling, Depression or Schizophrenia
  • 6. Assessment
    • 4 SACS in total for Unit 3
    • Visual Presentation (20 Marks)
    • ERA (30 Marks)
    • Test (25 Marks)
    • Essay (25 Marks)
    • Exam: 15 min reading time, 1.5 hours writing time
    • Section One: Multiple Choice (approx 45 questions)
    • Section Two: Short Answer (approx 9 questions & 30 marks)
    • Section Three: Extended Response (1 question approx 15 marks)
  • 7. How do I do well in Psychology?
    • DON’T leave study until just before your SAC or exam (you will learn when studying memory & learning that cramming does not work)
    • DON’T study with an iPod or music. It is impossible to focus completely on two stimuli at once.
    • DO come prepared to every class and take clear, well organised notes.
    • DO regularly revise everything we have gone over in class at least 1 hour 2-3 times per week)
    • Do use the text book and student work book to your advantage and complete the activities in them even if not instructed to. This will help you consolidate your knowledge!
    • Keep up to date! If you miss a class it is up to you to catch up on missed work BEFORE the next class. We DO NOT slow down for anyone, so be organise and see me before or a friend after!
    • Use the teacher to your advantage. I am happy to help you whenever I can!
  • 8. How do I study?
    • Be Organised & disciplined.
    • It is proven that you will learn and retain more information by studying at small regular intervals than by doing 10 hours on a weekend
    • Have a designated area with no distractions.
    • Turn off your phone, TV etc and FOCUS.
    • Read over what we have covered in class.
    • Make sure you understand it and have clear, organised notes. Colour coordinate them even. Make sure you know the definitions or meaning of key words like ‘cerebral cortex’ and ‘corpus callosum’.
    • Do practice activities and ‘test your understanding’ questions in your text books.
    • Write a list of areas that you are ‘weak’ on so you can improve this.
  • 9. So explain it to someone, each other, your parents ANYONE!