General and Applied Psychology

Course code 73195

This course introduces you to several psychological disciplines and shows how psychology advances through scientific research. The course examines general topics such as how people perceive the world around them, how the brain works, and how we think, feel, learn and remember. It also provides a foundation in the nature of research and how psychologists use scientific methodology.

This course complements 73196 Social & Individual Psychology, which teaches the remaining introductory psychology topics.


How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 10 Jun 2019
    Trimester 2, 16 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who complete this course will be able to

  • Evaluate major theories in experimental psychology and explain how they can be applied.
  • Conduct and interpret psychological research.

Content includes

  • history and perspectives in psychology
  • research methods in psychology
  • biological bases of behaviour
  • sensation and perception
  • the nature of consciousness
  • learning
  • remembering and forgetting
  • thought and language and theories of intelligence and intelligence testing.

Entry Test

If you have not successfully completed study at Level 5 or higher you need to pass an online entry test before enrolling in this course.

To study this course you will require access to a computer, the Internet and email.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


Assessment 60% In-course, 40% Examination

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.