Peter Chew

Senior Lecturer Psychology

Teaching Experience

The mean scores below were obtained from James Cook University's Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Procedure. Students answered the question, "Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching of this staff member", using a 5-point Likert scale that ranges from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree.

Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice (Overall: M = 4.47)

This subject provides a general introduction to the theoretical and methodological foundations of psychological science and its applications. Drawing upon contemporary research, the subject will explore the 'how and why' behind mental processes and behaviour. Students will explore these issues in key sub-discipline areas of psychological science such as the nervous system, memory, cognition, lifespan development, cross-culture, psychological disorders and health. [More Information]

2016 Trimester 1 = 4.32016 Trimester 2 = 4.42016 Trimester 3 = 4.4
2017 Trimester 1 = 4.7*2017 Trimester 3 = 4.3 2018 Trimester 2 = 4.7
2019 Trimester 1 = 4.5

*Outstanding Student Satisfaction (Top 10% of the University)

Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation (Overall: M = 4.80)

This subject covers research designs that are non-experimental or quasi-experimental in nature. These include methods that are often more appropriate for research in field settings where experiments are neither practical nor sensible. The different types of validity and the benefits and limitations of weighing one type of validity against another will be considered. In addition, some of the most popular and powerful multivariate statistical techniques will also be introduced in lectures and practicals. The statistical material will cover multiple and logistic regression, factor analysis, discriminant analysis and multi dimensional scaling analysis. [More Information]

2016 Trimester 3 = 4.62017 Trimester 1 = 4.72017 Trimester 2 = 4.9
2017 Trimester 3 = 4.72018 Trimester 1 = 4.9 2018 Trimester 3 = N.A.
2019 Trimester 2 = 5.0

Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think about Weird Things (Overall: M = 4.53)

It is acknowledged that training in research methodology is training in the practice of turning data into information into knowledge. This subject aims to be the first step on that journey- how do you evaluate the validity of data and information? Students will be introduced to the practice of critical thinking by applying different research methodologies to scenarios drawn from current scientific, political and social discussions. [More Information]

2017 Trimester 3 = 4.5 2018 Trimester 2 = 4.62019 Trimester 1 = 4.5

Psychological Neuroscience (Overall: M = 4.57)

This subject provides students with an in-depth introduction to key theories and concepts in the biological bases of sensation, perception and behaviour. Coverage includes the structure and function of the nervous system, how information is transmitted in the nervous system, the role of biological factors in cognition and motivated behaviours and the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems from periphery to cortex. [More Information]

2018 Trimester 1 = 4.5 2018 Trimester 3 = 4.62019 Trimester 2 = 4.6
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