FOUNDATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1C822905
Module Leader Joanna McParland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimester
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide a selective introduction to psychology which will give the student a broad overview of psychological topics at an introductory level and also serves as a foundation for The aim of this module is to provide a selective introduction to psychology which will give the student a broad overview of psychological topics at an introductory level and also serve as a foundation for subsequent psychology modules. Topic areas will be selected from the following themes: Introduction to psychology, biopsychosocial approaches, evolutionary approaches to behaviour, human development and learning, individual differences, social psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology.

Syllabus

Lecture topics will be selected from the following themes: Introduction to psychology (e.g. historical and philosophical approaches, key approaches to psychology), human development and learning (e.g. operant and classical conditioning, language, cognitive and moral development), individual differences (e.g. gender, intelligence, personality, ethnicity), biopsychosocial approaches to well-being; social psychology (e.g. group behaviour, interpersonal relationships, emotion, (happiness, frustration/aggression, love)), biological psychology (e.g. biological basis of behaviour), evolutionary approaches to behaviour, cognitive psychology (e.g. consciousness, sleep, dreaming, motivation, memory), abnormal psychology (e.g. psychological disorders).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. recognise and display knowledge of key psychological theories, along with their strengths and weaknesses (assessed via formative and summative multiple choice assessments and 1500-word essay).2. translate complex ideas in a well-structured and coherent written form (assessed via 1500-word essay).3. translate ideas and views based on psychological theory in the form of coherent verbal arguments (assessed via formative peer-evaluated essay plan and multiple choice questions).4. comprehend group dynamics and demonstrate the ability to work co-operatively in small groups (assessed via formative group peer-evaluated essay plan).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching consists of lectures supplemented by interactive seminars involving group work. Students will be encouraged to discuss and critically evaluate the efficacy of psychological theories, with guidance from tutors. Students are also expected to undertake self-directed reading in preparation for seminars. Assessment will be coursework-based, and will consist of one formative, group peer-based essay plan; one formative, peer-evaluated multiple choice question task; one summative 1500-word essay and two summative multiple choice tests. There will be support from Academic Development Tutors to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to complete the module.

Indicative Reading

Bernstein, D. A., Clarke-Stewart, A., Penner, L.A., and Roy, E. (2012). Psychology (9 th Ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D., & Hood, B. (2012). Psychology: First European Edition. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan. -360 Zimbardo, P.G., Johnson, R.L., and McCann, V. (2009). Psychology: Core Concepts (6 th Ed.). Allyn and Bacon. Suggested further reading in the module handbook.

Transferrable Skills

The module will develop: 1. an understanding of different theoretical approaches to psychology. 2. the ability to work co-operatively in small groups. 3. the ability to communicate psychological literacy effectively both orally and in writing. 4. the ability to undertake self-directed learning through sufficient preparation ahead of seminars.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 135.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00
Seminars (FT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 23.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 1.00 25.00 35% Multiple Choice Class Test (One Hour)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 1500 Word Essay
Coursework 2 1.00 25.00 35% Multiple Choice Class Test (One Hour)