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  1. 1. 101182-Behaviour and Environment Unit Level: 2 Session: 2011-Autumn Campus: Penrith (Day), Parramatta (Day)Contents Unit Information Unit Handbook Description Syllabus Learning Outcomes Where to go for Help and Information Unit Teaching Staff Student Feedback Unit Structure and Requirements Mode of Delivery Attendance and Workload Assessment Overview Relation of Unit Activities and Assessment items to Learning Outcomes Required Textbooks and Equipment Recommended References, Resources and Links Assessment 1: Lecture Quizzes Assessment 2: Workshop Activities Assessment 3: Video Analysis Project Assessment 4: Examination Unit Schedule Page 1 of 11
  2. 2. Unit InformationUnit Handbook DescriptionThe focus is on understanding the role of the environment in human behaviour and experience. It will provide studentswith an appreciation of the social and physical context of human behaviour and environment through examining theinteraction between people and their natural, built, and social environments. Topics covered will include individual andcultural factors in the human-environment interaction; environmental perception and cognition; environmental stressors;restorative environments; electronic and technological environments; future challenges; and developing an ethicalapproach to understanding the human-environment interaction.Syllabus• Defining concepts of environment and behaviour• Human-environment interaction• Environmental cognition, attitudes, and motivations• Stress and restoration• Environmental change• Crises and disasters• Future environments and challengesLearning OutcomesIn this unit, Graduate Attributes are achieved through the following Learning Outcomes attained by students:Through active participation of this unit, students will be able to:1. Appreciate the importance of physical, psychological, and social domains to the understanding of human behaviourand experience;2. Develop a coherent and connected literacy of cross-disciplinary theories that apply to the human-environmentinteraction;3. Gain insight into why people engage with the environment in various ways;4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity present in the human-environment interaction;5. Become more aware of the challenges and responsibilities facing contemporary (and future) society;6. Identify the importance of an ethical and sustainable relationship with the environment.The unit also enhances life and work skills, through requiring students to practice and demonstrate;  Self-directed, adult-learning, problem-solving skills;  Skills of critical inquiry and creativity in developing the major work;  Integrity and conscientiousness through the manner in which students complete the ongoing module quizzes and activities.Where to go for Help and InformationWhere to go for Help and InformationYour first source of help and information should be this Learning Guide. The Learning Guide contains comprehensiveinformation about the unit, including attendance requirements, assessments and a detailed schedule of lectures and duedates. Please refer to this Learning Guide for information about the unit rather than the official Unit Outline, as the outlinecontains only a brief summary of the important aspects of the unit.Combined with this Learning Guide you will find a Psychology Student Resources document, containing generalinformation on UWS support services, academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism), procedures for applying for assignmentextensions or special consideration, and much more. It is vital that you read through this material to be aware of yourrights and responsibilities as students. In particular, you must be aware of the key policies and information affectingstudents found at the following link:http://www.uws.edu.au/learning_teaching/learning_and_teaching/office_of_the_pro-vice-chancellor/key_policies_and_information_affecting_studentsWe expect you to have searched for answers to your questions in the unit Learning Guide and Psychology StudentResources documents BEFORE contacting any member of staff.Unit eLearning siteYour second source of information should be the unit’s vUWS site. Students are expected to access their vUWS sites ATLEAST once per week (and preferably every 2 or 3 days) to check for any mail or announcements (including anyvariations to the unit outline). E-lectures will be made available through the unit’s vUWS site (see Unit Structure andRequirements for more information).Unit Teaching StaffFor all other unit enquiries, you should contact the appropriate member of the units teaching staff (see below for details). Page 2 of 11
  3. 3. Where it becomes necessary to seek advice from lecturers or tutors, it is expected that students come adequatelyprepared, having done as much background work as possible themselves, and with clear questions rather than vaguerequests about what to do. Please note that staff will NOT reply to emails where answers are already available in theLearning Guide or Psychology Student Support Resources, or that relate to trivial matters for which information is readilyavailable elsewhere. Note also that in email communication students are required to use their UWS email account. Emailcommunications will be attended to during consultation times. Unit coordinator: Dr David Arness Consultation times and Monday 10am - 11am, Kingswood, bldg V, room V.1.28 location: Friday 11am - 12pm, Bankstown, bldg 24, level 3, room 18 These consultation periods will be used primarily for responding to email Consultation instructions: queries and vUWS discussion items. However, if necessary, please email to arrange a face-to-face consultation during these times.Student FeedbackStudent feedback plays a vital role in improving the quality and educational effectiveness of UWS units, and in ensuringacademic staff keep in touch with student needs. At the end of the semester you will be given the opportunity to completea Student Feedback on Units (SFU) questionnaire to assess the unit. If requested by your lectures or tutors, you mayalso have the opportunity to complete a Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) questionnaire to provide feedback forindividual teaching staff.For further information on student feedback and to view examples of the questionnaires, go to:http://www.uws.edu.au/opq/planning_and_quality/surveys.Recent changes made to the unit in response to student feedback:Given that this unit has been newly developed, we are keenly interested in constructive feedback via the SFUs at end ofsemester. Your comments will be used in future planning and development of the unit. Page 3 of 11
  4. 4. Unit Structure and RequirementsMode of DeliveryPhysical attendance at lectures and tutorials is not scheduled for this unit. This unit is presented via online learningmodules that should be completed within consecutive 2-week periods. See the teaching schedule at the end of thisguide for an outline of how the modules are structured. Note that each module will include 2x1-hour lectures, and 2x1-hour workshops (consisting of guided activities and practical demonstrations). Interactive exchange is facilitated throughthe use of the vUWS discussion board. In particular, on the Friday at the end of each module, a discussion forum(through the vUWS discussion board) will be held where you can discuss with the lecturer any questions related to thatmodule.Given the online delivery format, it is your responsibility to adopt an adult-learner approach to your education andschedule regular times to study the materials. You should refer to the timetable for important dates.Attendance and WorkloadThe unit is comprised of 5 learning modules as described above, along with an introductory lecture that will orient you tothe unit requirements and expectations. The lecture content in each learning module will present the main conceptualmaterial, supported by demonstrations and multimedia content. Workshop activities will consist of guided but largely self-directed activities/mini-projects. You should plan to work consistently on module content, following the recommendedteaching schedule.Progress throughout the unit will be facilitated by selective release of content based on completion of ongoingassessment activities. In order to receive later modules, you must complete an online quiz derived from lecture content,and submit your response to the required workshop activity. Further details are provided in the Assessments section.In general, you are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week working on this unit: this includes scheduledtimes for the 1-hour lecture and 1-hour workshop. The remaining time will include completing readings, quizzes,activities, and working on the major project. This, of course, is a guide only, and will depend on your individual studyhabits.Assessment OverviewThe table below provides an overview of the assessment items for this unit. Detailed information on each assessmenttask is provided in the following sections of the Learning Guide.In order to pass this unit you must complete the assessments marked below as Compulsory and obtain a minimumcombined overall mark of 50%. Final marks and grades are subject to confirmation by the School and CollegeAssessment Committee which may scale, modify or otherwise amend the marks and grades for the unit, as may berequired by University policies. Number & Title Format Length/Duration Due day/time Weighting Assessment 1: Quiz 5 short mastery Practice Quiz, Friday 4 10% Lecture Quizzes quizzes throughout February, Quiz 1; by 5pm, semester Friday 18 March, Quiz 2; by 5pm, Friday 1 April, Quiz 3; by 5pm, Friday 15 April, Quiz 4; by 5pm, Friday 6 May, Quiz 5; by 5pm, Friday 20 May. Assessment 2: Workshop Activities Variable: 3 out of 5 Activity 1; by 5pm, Friday 18 20% Workshop Activities workshop activities will March, Activity 2; by 5pm, be assessable, with Friday 1 April, Activity 3; by the top 2 contributing 5pm, Friday 15 April, Activity to mark 4; by 5pm, Friday 6 May, Activity 5; by 5pm, Friday 20 May, Assessment 3: Video Analysis 1,000 words 12pm, Monday 23 May 30% Video Analysis Project Assessment 4: Exam 2 hours Examination Period 40% Examination Page 4 of 11
  5. 5. Relation of Unit Activities and Assessment items to Learning Outcomes Module Content Outcome 1 Defining Environment and Behaviour; highlights the diversity and 1&4 complexity inherent in these topics through an examination of the multiple levels of environment/behaviour. 2 Human-Environment Interaction; introducing motivational, emotional, 2&3 and intentional processes that shape our interactions with the environment, particularly focusing on the malleability of behaviour and environment. 3 Stress and Restoration; covers sources of stress and methods of 5&3 recovery, focusing particularly on stress in contemporary society. 4 Severe Environmental Change; considers disasters and crises of 5&4 physical and social environments, particularly focusing on the challenges going into the future. 5 Future Environments; explores the possible shapes of our future 5&6 environments, focusing on the implications of current challenges and developing an ethic of responsibility and sustainability.Required Textbooks and EquipmentReader: Behaviour and Environment (Hybrid text developed in conjunction with Pearson Education Australia)Recommended References, Resources and LinksVeitch, R., & Arkkelin, D. (1995). Environmental Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall.Deckers, L. (2005). Motivation: Biological, Psychological, and Environmental (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.Winter, D.N., & Koger, S.M. (2004). The psychology of environmental problems (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.Joinson, A.N. (2003). Understanding the psychology of internet behaviour: Virtual worlds, real lives. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.Sterba, J.P. (1999). Earth Ethics: Introductory Readings on Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics (2nd ed.). NJ: Pearson Higher Education.Fricke, R. (1992). Baraka. Columbia Tristar Home Video (DVD) Page 5 of 11
  6. 6. Assessment 1: Lecture Quizzes Assessment Format: Quiz Weighting: 10% Length/Duration: 5 short mastery quizzes throughout semester Assessment Date and Time: Practice Quiz, Friday 4 February, Quiz 1; by 5pm, Friday 18 March, Quiz 2; by 5pm, Friday 1 April, Quiz 3; by 5pm, Friday 15 April, Quiz 4; by 5pm, Friday 6 May, Quiz 5; by 5pm, Friday 20 May. Assessment Location: Online Is the Assessment Compulsory? Yes Cover-Sheet Required? NoDescription and InstructionsThere will be one online quiz set for each of the five learning modules covered throughout semester, as well as apractice quiz associated with the introductory lecture. These quizzes will assess comprehension of the lecture contentfrom that module, and essentially constitute a mastery task.You must achieve 100% accuracy on each of the quizzes (including the practice quiz) in order to gain access tofollowing modules. You can attempt the quizzes as many times as needed to achieve 100% accuracy.You should endeavour to complete the quizzes in the timeframe suggested in the Unit Schedule.Assessment Criteria and StandardsWhile functioning as mastery tasks you will need to have studied the lecture materials thoroughly in order to completethe quizzes successfully. Page 6 of 11
  7. 7. Assessment 2: Workshop Activities Assessment Format: Workshop Activities Weighting: 20% Length/Duration: Variable: 3 out of 5 workshop activities will be assessable, with the top 2 contributing to mark Assessment Date and Time: Activity 1; by 5pm, Friday 18 March, Activity 2; by 5pm, Friday 1 April, Activity 3; by 5pm, Friday 15 April, Activity 4; by 5pm, Friday 6 May, Activity 5; by 5pm, Friday 20 May, Assessment Location: Online Is the Assessment Compulsory? Yes Cover-Sheet Required? NoDescription and InstructionsThe workshop activities are designed to enhance your engagement with and understanding of the topics covered in thecorresponding lectures. They vary in content and requirements and specific details for each activity will be providedthrough the workshop link.Selected workshop content will be required for submission for each module, and this will be clearly indicated in theinstructions for that workshop.Of the five submitted exercises, three will be assessed (those from module 1, 3, and 5), and the top 2 marks willcontribute to your final grade.Please note that you still need to submit an attempt at all five selected exercises in order to progress through the unit.You should endeavour to complete the activities in the timeframe suggested in the Unit Schedule. If you submit by theindicated dates you will receive your marks for the activities in a timely fashion. Moreover, you risk falling behind if youdo not complete the activities in the timeframe recommended.Assessment Criteria and StandardsMarking of these activities is intended to promote consistent work and provide you feedback on your progressthroughout semester. More detailed criteria for each assessable activity will be posted online along with the workshopinstructions. Page 7 of 11
  8. 8. Assessment 3: Video Analysis Project Assessment Format: Video Analysis Weighting: 30% Length/Duration: 1,000 words Assessment Date and Time: 12pm, Monday 23 May Assessment Location: Online Is the Assessment Compulsory? Yes Cover-Sheet Required? YesDescription and InstructionsFor your major project you are required to film an example of the human behaviour-environment interaction. You arefree to interpret the concepts of behaviour and environment, but keeping in mind that your task is to analyse the videoin light of materials from lectures and readings.To encourage your production of creative and compelling films, the footage must be no longer than 5 minutes.More detailed instructions on filming and conducting the analysis will be provided early in semester.Assessment Criteria and StandardsThe assessment criteria include critical evaluation, identification of theoretical concepts and synthesis of themes, clarityand coherence of expression, and creativity.The full assessment criteria and standards will be provided along with the detailed instructions within the first fewweeks of semester Page 8 of 11
  9. 9. Assessment 4: Examination Assessment Format: Exam Weighting: 40% Length/Duration: 2 hours Assessment Date and Time: Examination Period Assessment Location: Examination Period Is the Assessment Compulsory? Yes Cover-Sheet Required? NoDescription and InstructionsThe examination is based on content from the lectures and readings, and will consist of 110 multiple choice questions.To do well in the exam you will need to start studying the readings from the beginning of semester. Moreover, contentin the lectures and workshops will help to consolidate the textbook material, and you will get the most out of the unit ifyou complete the readings during the set weeks.Assessment Criteria and StandardsThe objective of the examination is to assess conceptual understanding of the core themes examined throughoutsemester. As such, the questions will test your comprehension of the knowledge and will be focused onevaluation rather than recall Page 9 of 11
  10. 10. Unit ScheduleSession Week Week Starts Lectures Tutorials Assessments Introductory Lecture: Practice Quiz (should aim orientation and overview to complete no later Week 1 28/02/2011 than Friday, Feb 4). Teaching Overview of topics, unit structure, and assessments. Module 1.1: Defining Module 1.1: Defining Behaviour and Environment Behaviour and Environment Diversity and complexity of Week 2 Teaching 7/03/2011 environments, with a focus Observing and analysing on systems theory and your environment; working towards a multi- conceptualising systems. level inter-disciplinary paradigm. Module 1.2: Defining Module 1.2: Defining Submit response to quiz Behaviour and Environment Behaviour and and selected workshop Environment activity for Module 1: Comparing theoretical Week 3 Teaching 14/03/2011 perspectives, with a focus Differing roles within By 5pm, Friday, March on behaviour. environments. 18. Introducing and exploring environmental issues. Module 2.1: Malleability of Module 2.1: Malleability behaviour and environment of behaviour and environment Week 4 How and why do people 21/03/2011 Teaching shape their environments? Investigating the influence Understanding the role of of motivation, emotion, motivation, emotion, and and differing goals. goals. Module 2.2: Malleability of Module 2..2: Malleability Submit response to quiz behaviour and environment of behaviour and and selected workshop environment activity for Module 2: Changing minds, changing Week 5 Teaching 28/03/2011 worlds. Investigating The tension between By 5pm, Friday, April 1. intentional and desire and reality. unintentional processes of change and their consequences. Module 3.1: Stress and Module 3.1: Stress and restoration restoration Week 6 4/04/2011 Teaching Stress basics and the Is nature inherently restorative potential of restorative? nature. Module 3.2: Stress and Module 3.2: Stress and Submit response to quiz restoration restoration and selected workshop activity for Module 3: Week 7 Multiple levels in stress and Factors involved in 11/04/2011 Teaching restoration; critiquing the restoration and By 5pm, Friday, April 15. value of stress as a developing practical concept. strategies for a complex world. Break could be used to gather footage for your video project. Week 8Intra-Session Break 18/04/2011 Page 10 of 11
  11. 11. Module 4.1: Severe Module 4.1: Severe environmental change environmental change Week 9 25/04/2011 Teaching When the world changes; Video reflection and impact of disasters within analysis. multiple domains. Module 4.2: Severe Module 4.2: Severe Submit response to quiz environmental change environmental change and selected workshop Week 10 activity for Module 4: 2/05/2011 Teaching Revisiting the notion of Video reflection and change and the importance analysis. By 5pm, Friday, May 6. of adaptability. Module 5.1: Future Module 5.1: Future environments environments Week 11 Teaching 9/05/2011 Environmental issues and Talking about the future. challenges going into the future; possible shapes of our future environments. Module 5.2: Future Module 5.2: Future Submit response to quiz environments environments and selected workshop Week 12 activity for Module 5: 16/05/2011 Teaching Developing awareness of Contrasting views and our relationship with the identifying diversity. By 5pm, Friday, May 20. future. Major project due: Week 13 Teaching 23/05/2011 12pm, Monday, May 23. Online discussion based on the videos from the top major projects. Week 14 Teaching 30/05/2011 Voting for favourite video. Details TBA. Week 15 Study Vacation 6/06/2011 Week 16-18 Examination Period 13/06/2011NotesGiven the online nature of this unit, it is essential that you plan your approach to learning and assessmentcarefully. The schedule suggested in the timetable above is recommended for timely and satisfactorycompletion of the unit. Page 11 of 11