SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1C824290
Module Leader Joanna McParland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide a selectve introducton to psychology which will give the student a broad overview of psychological topics at an introductory level and also serves as a foundaton for The aim of this module is to provide a selectve introducton to psychology which will give the student a broad overview of psychological topics at an introductory level and also serve as a foundaton for subsequent psychology modules. Topic areas will be selected from the following themes: Introducton to psychology, biopsychosocial approaches, evolutonary approaches to behaviour, human development and learning, individual diferences, social psychology, biological psychology, cognitve psychology, abnormal psychology.


Lecture topics will be selected from the following themes: Introducton to psychology (e.g. historical and philosophical approaches, key approaches to psychology), human development and learning (e.g. operant and classical conditoning, language, cognitve and moral development), individual diferences (e.g. gender, intelligence, personality, ethnicity), biopsychosocial approaches to well-being; social psychology (e.g. group behaviour, interpersonal relatonships, emoton, (happiness, frustraton/aggression, love)), biological psychology (e.g. biological basis of behaviour), evolutonary approaches to behaviour, cognitve psychology (e.g. consciousness, sleep, dreaming, motvaton, 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 (assessedvia 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 viaformative 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 formativegroup peer-evaluated essay plan).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching consists of lectures supplemented by interactve seminars involving group work. Students will be encouraged to discuss and critcally evaluate the efcacy of psychological theories, with guidance from tutors. Students are also expected to undertake self-directed reading in preparaton for seminars. Assessment will be coursework-based, and will consist of one formatve, group peer-based essay plan; one formatve, peer-evaluated multple choice queston task; one summatve 1500-word essay and two summatve multple choice tests. There will be support from Academic Development Tutors to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to complete the module. Material will be delivered using an online/blended learning approach.

Indicative Reading

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

Transferrable Skills

The module will develop: 1. an understanding of diferent theoretcal approaches to psychology. 2. the ability to work co-operatvely in small groups. 3. the ability to communicate psychological literacy efectvely both orally and in writng. 4. the ability to undertake self-directed learning through sufcient preparaton ahead of seminars.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

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