PSYC10003: Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 (MBB1)

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Here’s my review of PSYC10003!

When was the subject taken?

Semester 1, 2012

What topics were covered in the subject?

Behavioural neuroscience: I found this section the most difficult of all of PSYC10003. It was all about neurons, brain structure etc. There were so many little details you need to know. And me, as a science kid found this difficult! Imagine the arts kids! Poor things.

Sensation and Perception: Crazy. You will have to attend Simon’s lectures because it will be hard to follow if you’re not there. His slides were mainly pictures, and he would explain them in detail. This topic was all about how we see things, how hearing works etc. But, Simon was awesome, and his beloved dog was awesome too (R.I.P!). He would play music at the start of the lectures and it always put me in a happy mood before an hour of confusion and cluelessness

Learning and Cognition:
– My FAVOURITE part of psych. I loved it, and I loved Meredith (lecturer). All about classical conditioning, operant conditioning, memory, reinforcement etc.
Quantitative Methods: EUGH! I don’t like stats, and stats don’t like me. It’s a hate hate relationship. But it is important, and it’s easy marks.

What textbooks/workbooks were required for the subject?

From memory, there weren’t any prescribe texts back then. They were all recommended.

Fundamentals of Psychology – It was kinda useful for the sensation and perception side of things.

The Principles of Writing in Psychology – Good for referencing, how to write an essay, structure and formatting etc.

Statistics for the Behavioural Science – Lots of practice questions for stats
Psychology and indigenous Australians – I don’t know about this. I didn’t even borrow it.
(I bought the top three texts)The textbooks were used MORE in second semester of psych (PSYC10004)

What type of assessments were they?

  • 3 hour exam – all multiple choice (WIN!) worth 60%
  • 2000 word assignment worth 40%
  • You have to do 3 hours of research participation and have at least 80% attendance of tutes – or else you may fail regardless of how well you did in your exam/assignment. This is a hurdle requirement!

Were the lectures/tutorials recorded when you did the subject?

The lectures were recorded (sometimes quality is very poor), tutorials weren’t recorded

How did you find the subject? Did you enjoy it?

I found it OK. Doing psych at uni is different compared to high school because you will start to learn the nitty-gritty side of psych. The assignment was nice – we had to watch a sunset and write about our experience. The piece can be anything you want it to be, a poem/story/essay/journal etc.

Here the link to the handbook for the subject!

I rate the subject 3 out of 5.


14 thoughts on “PSYC10003: Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 (MBB1)

  1. Hey Daphne,
    Do you think taking Psychology is something a person should do when they fully consider it as a graduate profession? Is it not a subject for those who like psychology as one of their many interests but not the central one?

    1. Hey Kiryll! Nice to hear from you again!

      If you want student Daphane’s opinion, here it is:

      I reckon if you’re considering to do psych as a profession, definitely do PSYC10003 because it gives you an overview of all things psychology. It gives you an opportunity to have a taste of different areas of psych for you to be able to narrow down and specialise in later years. Even if you’re just interested in psych, do the subject too! I did PSYC10003 because I loved learning about it (and because I needed the credit points haha). It wasn’t something that I wanted to major in.

      However staff Daphane cannot comment haha. Probably best to speak to an advisor, or the subject coordinator/lecturer/tutor.

      Hope this helps you Kiryll!

  2. Just wondering, can I do Mind, Brand and Behaviour 2 without having done the first one? Since I’m out of slot this semester :(

    1. Sure thing! I’ve got friends who jumped straight to Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 without doing the first one. I don’t think you will be disadvantaged (except you’ll have to catch up on the statistics component because that carries on from semester 1).

  3. What is your thought on the ratio between boys and girls in your class, Daph? I really want to take MBB1 but the thought of being the only guy in tute often put me down.

    1. Hey there Sean! From experience, the male to female ratio in psych classes are about 50:50. In fact, I found that there were more males than females in my tutes. (Lucky me haha)

      And what’s wrong about being the only guy in a tute? Use that to your advantage!

      Don’t let the gender ratios put you off from studying psych! Studying what you love, and don’t worry about everything else! :)

  4. Hey Daphane!
    Thanks for your time and all the useful advice. One more question! Did you use the statistics textbooks at all during the first semester? I was thinking of buying the Fundamentals of Psychology one and the Writing In Psychology one and maybe borrowing the ones on statistics if the need arises?
    I saw you in Speed Meeting by the way! I thought you were going to oversee it but you left! I think you oversaw the session before the one I went to.

    1. HI KIRYLL! (:

      I used a little bit of the stats book. The lectures covered a lot of the content, but I used the book because there were extra questions there. But I reckon you should be fine borrowing the book from the library!

      You were at speed meeting!? Yes I was there helping out at the earlier session! Too bad we didn’t get a chance to say hello.

      Hope you are having a good first day of uni!

  5. Hey! Just wondering whether the research exp is a total drag (ie should I use the “voluntary participation” battle cry?) or is it alright?

    1. Hmm…The research participation is compulsory for psych (well, compulsory when I did it last year) and yeah, honestly it was quite boring. Though you might get the odd fun ones!

      And it’s kinda weird because in psych – there’s so much emphasis on ethics and our rights to withdraw from an experiment. But since we HAVE to participate in order to pass the hurdle requirement, isn’t this breaching our rights and going against everything that we’ve been taught?

      Food for thought!

      1. I asked my tutor, she said we can opt out (whipped out the vol. participation thing). Investigating this avenue atm :D Thanks for the info (also nice dog)

  6. Hello! I’m a first year doing psych and with exams coming up soon I was wondering if you could guide me to practice exams for this subject and other first year subjects such as biology and chem.
    Thank you!

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