SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1C825405
Module Leader Jacqueline McKechnie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide an 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 subsequent psychology modules and some modules in other Departments. Lecture and seminar topics will be sectioned into the following areas: Introduction to psychology; biopsychosocial and evolutionary approaches to behaviour; human development and learning; social behaviour; cognitive psychology; individual differences and abnormal psychology. Lab sessions will provide the student with the required skills for completing the assessments.


Lecture topics will be selected from the following themes: introduction to psychology (e.g. historical and philosophical approaches, key approaches to psychology); biological psychology (e.g. biological basis of behaviour) and evolutionary approaches to behaviour; human development and learning (e.g. operant and classical conditioning, language, cognitive and moral development); social psychology (e.g. group behaviour, interpersonal relationships, social influence and aggression); cognitive psychology (e.g. attention, memory and decision-making); individual differences (e.g. intelligence, personality and abnormal psychology (e.g. psychological disorders).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Recognise and display knowledge of key psychological theories, along with their strengths and weaknesses (assessed formatively in seminar discussions and lab classes; assessed summatively by Peerwise Assessment).2. Apply key psychological theories to real life situation (assessed formatively in seminar discussions; summatively by 1500-word essay).3. Translate complex ideas in a well-structured and coherent written form (assessed formatively in critical essay lab; assessed summatively via 1500-word essay).4. Critically evaluate peers' understanding and application of key psychological theories (assessed formatively in Peerwise workshop; assessed summatively via Peerwise Assessment).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching consists of lectures supplemented by practical laboratory work and interactive seminars involving group work. Students will be encouraged to discuss and critically evaluate the efficacy of psychological theories, with guidance from tutors in seminar classes. Students are also expected to undertake self-directed reading in preparation for seminars. Assessment will be coursework-based, and will consist of two multiple choice exercises using Peerwise and a critical essay. Students will be provided feedback from Peerwise 1 prior to completing Peerwise 2. Lab sessions will provide students with support and formative feedback to help them with the assessment. There will be additional 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. (2017). Psychology (9th Ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D., & Hood, B. (2015). Psychology: First European Edition. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan. Zimbardo, P.G., Johnson, R.L., and McCann, V. (2012). 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 different theoretical approaches to psychology. 2. the ability to think critically 3. confidence to take a critical approach to others' work 4. skills to work co-operatively in groups. 5. the ability to communicate psychological literacy effectively both orally and in writing. 6. the ability to undertake self-directed learning through sufficient preparation ahead of seminars and labs

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 23.00
Independent Learning (FT) 125.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Create multiple choice questions/answer & evaluate peers' questions
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Essay 1500 words