Psychology Units 3 and 4


Within Psychology Units 3 and 4 you will explore complex human behaviours and thought processes. You will develop an understanding of mental health issues relevant to today’s society, and will learn to apply psychological principles to everyday situations. You will also develop an understanding of the research methodologies that underpin all psychological research. Using this knowledge, you will design and conduct a research investigation on a topic of your choice, and you will present your findings in a scientific poster.

Who is it for?

Do you enjoy observing the behaviour of your friends and family?

Do you want to understand why people behave the way they do? Do you ever wonder why you think and feel the way you do?

Are you interested in understanding how we learn and remember?

If you have answered Yes to any or all of the questions above, then Psychology Units 3 and 4 may be a subject that you would enjoy.

What do you do?

Some of the activities you will engage in include:

  • designing and conducting research investigations, and reporting on their findings in a scientific research poster
  • analysing and interpreting data, and drawing conclusions related to research questions
  • evaluating how psychological concepts and theories relate to human behaviours
  • applying and communicating an understanding of psychological information, ideas and research findings.

Students are invited to attend excursions to the Epworth Sleep Lab and The DAX Museum. They also have the opportunity to participate in regular seminars held at VSV, as well as weekly online lessons.

What skills do you need?

To be successful in this subject you need an inquisitive mind and a desire to understand more about human behaviour. Students should also have an interest in analysing and applying research methodologies to scientific investigations.

What skills do you develop?

You will develop an ability to:

  • investigate and inquire scientifically
  • apply psychological understandings
  • communicate psychological information and understandings.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.The purchase of the following textbook will also be required:

Nelson VCE Psychology Units 3 & 4 (3rd. ed.) Cengage Learning, 2016.

Things to think about

Successful students have a solid background in written literacy and an understanding of data analysis. Students are expected to dedicate 5 to 6 hours a week to study and be in regular contact with their teacher. Students are also expected to regularly participate in the online environment including reading weekly announcements in the class news forum and participating in weekly online lessons.

Things you can do now

Take a look at the VCAA Psychology website. Familiarise yourself with the Study Design and assessment criteria for Psychology Units 3 and 4. This site also offers useful support material and samples of past exams.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.




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