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Basic psychology


This module is an introductory-level course in psychology that focuses on the human nervous system and the factors that influence it.

The Unisa syllabus

  1. Impulse conduction
  2. Nervous system structure and functions
  3. States of consciousness
  4. Sensation and perception
  5. Cognition
  6. Intelligence and creativity
  7. Learning
  8. Memory
  9. Motivation
  10. Personality in health, concepts and theories
  11. Psychological disorders
  12. The process and effects of stress.

The PYC1501 textbook

Prescribed textbook

ISBN 9780702171604
Title: A Student's A-Z of Psychology
Authors: K. Grieve, Vasi van Deventer, M. Mojapelo
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Juta Academic
Year published: 2006
Year prescribed: 2010

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The PYC1501 exam

Past exam papers

The exam in Oct/Nov 2011

Multiple question exam, covering:

  • Questions 1 - 6
    • Human nervous system: Impulse conduction
Focus on the sequence of events during impulse conduction.
  • Questions 7 - 12
    • Human nervous system: Structure and functions
  • Questions 13 - 15
    • States of consciousness
  • Questions 16 - 22
    • Sensation and perception
Focus on perceptual constancy as an error of perception
  • Questions 23 - 28
    • Cognition:
Problem solving
  • Questions 29 and 30
    • Intelligence and creativity
  • Questions 31 - 25
    • Learning
  • Question 36 - 38
    • Memory
  • Question 39 - 43
    • Emotion
  • Question 44 and 45
    • Stress:
  • Questions 46 - 50
    • Personality in health, concepts and theories

How to pass PYC1501

Study tips

Use the assignments to help you study, but don't focus on them exclusively when preparing for the exams. The assignment questions will give you an idea of how the exam questions can be phrased.

Your prescribed book contains all the necessary information, just remember to summarize well in advance. Not everyone enjoys the format of the study guide but working through it can be beneficial as there are additional notes and clarifications in amongst the study guide exercises.

This is a popular module which means you are likely to find tutorials on offer for it. These can be helpful in some of the less straight forward sections of the module.

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  Nicole Downes   2011   Sequencing in impulse conduction

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