Psychology for Queensland
Units 1-4
Publishing in 2018–19 for the new QCAA syllabus

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We’ve got you covered for the new Psychology Syllabus

Psychology will be offered as a Senior Science subject in Queensland for the first time. The new syllabus is designed to help develop the 21st-century skills and knowledge students need for success in their future work and life.

The introduction of Queensland Senior Psychology provides new content, as well as a new Senior Science course structure and approach to assessment.

Our brand new two-volume series, Psychology for Queensland, provides depth and complete coverage of the new syllabus in a format that encourages all students to succeed.

Key features of the Student books

Our Senior Psychology resources are designed to reduce the stress of syllabus implementation, save you time when lesson planning, and ensure the best learning outcomes for your students.

Each Student book:

provides a clear learning pathway mapped directly to the syllabus to ensure complete coverage

offers targeted support and resources for assessment (including exam preparation and practice)

presents key subject matter using clear, concise language supported by engaging visual elements

scaffolds student learning and aids navigation by sequencing key subject matter in 2–8 page sections

supports differentiation through a range of appropriately levelled questions and activities for each section

clearly models approaches to inquiry learning and critical thinking

contains a stand-alone reference section (known as the Psychology Toolkit) that explains the structure of the syllabus, supports the acquisition of key skills and provides practical tips for success in Psychology

offers a Practical Manual that outlines suggested methodologies for every mandatory practical in the syllabus.

Available now

Psychology for Queensland

Units 1 & 2

Psychology for Queensland Units 1 & 2 covers information for research in psychology and information included in Unit 1: Individual Development such as the role of the brain, cognitive development and human consciousness and sleep, and information included in Unit 2: Individual Behaviour, including intelligence, diagnosis, psychological disorders and emotion and motivation.

The Student book includes a number of features and is supported by a range of additional digital resources via the obook assess platform. These resources support teachers and students.

Psychology for Queensland
Units 1 & 2

Student book + obook assess
Print student book with digital obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Psychology for Queensland
Units 1 & 2

Student obook assess
Digital student obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Psychology for Queensland
Units 1 & 2

Teacher obook assess
Digital teacher access for the life of the edition.
Institutional purchases
Please contact your Education Consultant if your school purchases resources on behalf of students and requires multi-year digital subscriptions. If your school has a different model, ask your Education Consultant about purchase options.
Chapter 1 The psychology toolkit
UNIT 1 INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 2 Philosophy to psychology
Chapter 3 Brain investigations
Chapter 4 The nervous system View sample chapter
Chapter 5 The brain
Chapter 6 Developing and malfunctioning brains
Chapter 7 Genetic–environment interactions on psychological development
Chapter 8 Emotional and cognitive development
Chapter 9 States of consciousness
Chapter 10 Measuring states of consciousness
Chapter 11 Purpose and function of sleep
Chapter 12 Sleep deprivation
Chapter 13 Sleep disorders
Unit 1 Practice exam questions
UNIT 2 INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOUR
Chapter 14 Understanding intelligence and factors that influence it
Chapter 15 Approaches to describing and measuring intelligence
Chapter 16 Understanding the concepts of normality and mental illness
Chapter 17 Recognising psychological disorders
Chapter 18 Risk factors and treatment for psychological disorders
Chapter 19 Emotion, cognition and wellbeing
Chapter 20 Motivation
Unit 2 Practice exam questions
Chapter 21 Research and practical manual
Coming in 2019

Psychology for Queensland

Units 3 & 4

Psychology for Queensland Units 3 & 4 covers information for topics in Unit 3: Individual thinking, including function of the brain, visual perception, memory, and learning, and information for topics in Unit 4: The influence of others, including social psychology, interpersonal processes, attitudes and cross cultural psychology.

The Student book includes a number of features and is supported by a range of additional digital resources via the obook assess platform. These resources support teachers and students.

Psychology for Queensland
Units 3 & 4

Student book + obook assess
Print student book with digital obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Psychology for Queensland
Units 3 & 4

Student obook assess
Digital student obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Psychology for Queensland
Units 3 & 4

Teacher obook assess
Digital teacher access for the life of the edition.
Institutional purchases
Please contact your Education Consultant if your school purchases resources on behalf of students and requires multi-year digital subscriptions. If your school has a different model, ask your Education Consultant about purchase options.
Chapter 1 The Psychology toolkit
UNIT 3 INDIVIDUAL THINKING
Chapter 2 The nervous system and the brain
Chapter 3 Neurons and neurotransmitters
Chapter 4 Visual perception
Chapter 5 Influences on visual perceptionView sample
Chapter 6 The fallibility of visual perception
Chapter 7 Understanding memory
Chapter 8 Brain structures involved in memory
Chapter 9 How we remember and forget
Chapter 10 Learning
Unit 3 Practice exam questions
UNIT 4 THE INFLUENCE OF OTHERS
Chapter 11 Social psychology
Chapter 12 Status and power in groups
Chapter 13 Pro- and Anti-social behaviour
Chapter 14 Aggression
Chapter 15 Attraction and relationships
Chapter 16 Attitudes and bias
Chapter 17 Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
Chapter 18 Community and culture
Chapter 19 Cultural diversity
Unit 4 Practice exam questions
Chapter 20 Practical manual

Meet our expert
author team

You can trust our expert Queensland authors and award-winning publishing team to support you with the tools and resources you need to implement the new Queensland Senior Psychology syllabus.

Lorelle Burton is a Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland. She has received multiple national awards, including the 2016 Australian Psychological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award. Lorelle has also been involved in providing feedback to the new QCAA Psychology syllabus.

Roger Edwards has been teaching Psychology at both a secondary and tertiary level for over 15 years. Roger is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a psychologist in private practice. He is currently Supervising Psychologist at the Krongold Clinic, Monash University.

Elizabeth Blaher-Lucas has taught VCE Psychology for the past 14 years in both state and independent schools. She currently teaches at St Michael’s Grammar and recently completed further postgraduate studies in psychology.

Karen Marangio has extensive experience teaching Psychology in secondary schools. Karen currently works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, lecturing in Psychology and Science Education Methods. Her research interests include the progression of student learning in psychology and developing the pedagogy of pre-service teachers.

Vicki Moore taught senior Humanities and Psychology for 20 years at St Catherine’s School. She has also been Psychology Methods Lecturer at Monash University and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Vicki currently works with children and adolescents in a private practice.

Fiona Ganino-Day is passionate about teaching Psychology at a secondary level. She has taught at both state and independent schools.

Joey Saunders has taught Psychology across VCE and IB extensively and was an expert writing team member in the QCAA Psychology syllabus development. Joey is also part of the external examiners team in both the VCE and IB and has worked in both state and independent schools in her teaching journey. Joey is currently Senior Science Psychology Teacher and Acting head of house at Ipswich Girls Grammar School.

Psychology for Queensland is supported by a range of engaging and relevant digital resources via obook assess.

Resources for students

Students receive:

  • a complete digital version of the Student book with notetaking and bookmarking functionality
  • free Oxford Concise Dictionary look-up feature
  • targeted instructional videos by experienced psychology teachers, and Queensland Professors designed to help students prepare for assessment tasks and exams
  • a set of summary notes for each chapter that form a springboard for student revision
  • additional case studies and opportunities for extension
  • a range of interactive, auto-correcting, multiple-choice assess quiz questions.

Resources for teachers

In addition to the student resources, teachers receive:

  • detailed course planners, teaching programs and lesson plans
  • answers to all questions and assessment tasks in the Student book
  • a range of lab tech notes and risk assessment templates to accompany all supplied mandatory and suggested practicals
  • printable (and editable) data tests with answers
  • printable (and editable) practice exam with answers.

What's new in the QCAA General Senior syllabus?

Our Teacher guides are here to help you understand the changes for your subject in 2019.