Year 10 Psychology


In the first few weeks of Psychology you will focus on a series of questions, What is Psychology? What do psychologists do? And what are the ethical considerations that are important in psychological research?

You will then be introduced to the scientific method and given guidelines for writing a psychological report.

The aim of the first few weeks is to stimulate your curiosity about what psychologists do, as well as establish the ground work for scientific investigation. It is important that you get used to actively using the terminology that you will be introduced to.

What do you do?

There are four Areas of Study in this subject.

Area of Study 1 is The Brain, all about how the brain influences behaviour. This is designed to enable you to:

  • identify the main areas of the brain and understand their function
  • investigate the differences between the right and left brain

Area of Study 2 is Developmental Psychology, about how motor skills develop in infants. This is designed to enable you to:

  • examine the process of motor development and make comparisons between knowledge of mothers and non-mothers.

Area of Study 3 is Learning and Thinking, about strategies we can employ. This is designed to enable you to:

  • raise awareness of how learning is achieved and gain control over your own learning
  • explore the three stage model of learning: inputting, processing and using knowledge
  • understand the basic elements in thinking and review the information processing model of problem solving
  • apply the concept of the six thinking hats to solve problems.

Area Study 4 is Environmental Psychology, about how the environment we live in affects the way we feel. This is designed to enable you to:

  • explore the relationship between the environment in which we live and how this influences our life
  • focus on how music affects mood and culture.

What skills do you develop?

After completing each week’s work, you will have been able to develop different types of skill sets. Psychology students:

  • learn specific terms and practise using those terms in written psychological reports
  • collect, measure, and interpret data
  • use a variety of sources to research information
  • work on their problem solving skills as they undertake psychological research and interpret data.



You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things you can do now

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