Introduction to Psychology for University Study - FOUN0050

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.

Overview

This module introduces students to the study of psychology, with the aim of providing an introductory understanding of key topics within psychology and seminal psychological research. The module will explore psychology as a Science and the research methods common in psychological research. The lectures will cover some of the key concepts and findings in the study of consciousness, sensation, child psychology, motivation, emotion, memory and attitudes, group processes.
The module encourages students to explore classical concepts in psychology within the context of cutting-edge research and contemporary issues within modern society. There is a particular focus on how psychology and concepts within the subject can inform controversial issues in everyday society

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total Study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Report (1200 words) (25%)
Questionnaire & Survey (15%)
In Course Test (45 minutes) (10%)
Exam (2 hours) (50%)

JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam
Written Assignment (1500 words) (50%)

Reassessment method: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

10. Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of The American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington, DC.

Burger, J. M. (2010). Personality (8th Ed.). Belmont, California: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Carlson, N. R., Martin, G. N. & Buskist, W. (2009). Psychology (Fourth European Edition). Harlow: Pearson Education.

Gleitman, H., Reisburg, D., & Gross, J. J. (2011). Psychology (8th Ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Co.

Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G. M. (2008). Social Psychology (5th Ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

Kalat, J. W. (2009). Biological Psychology (10th Ed.). Belmont, California: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Additional readings will be recommended from this text and online sources in each lecture.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. demonstrate introductory understanding and knowledge of psychology and its research methods.
8.2. show a familiarity and awareness of how key concepts in psychology relate to current and contemporary issue in modern society.
8.3 show an awareness of sub-disciplines within Psychology and how these relate to each
other.
8.4. demonstrate introductory understanding and knowledge of consciousness, sensation, child psychology, motivation, emotion, memory and attitudes, group processes.
8.5. select, evaluate and use relevant information from a range of textual formats (e.g. quantitative, tabular and graphic data, reports, textbooks and articles) relevant to the study of Psychology.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. show knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in university study.
9.2. understand the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research.
9.3. comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars, workshops, and tutorials, as appropriate.
9.4. appropriately manage and organise their time.
9.5. work effectively in a group.
9.6. present and discuss information gleaned from guided or independent research.
9.7. use information technology and library resources to support learning and personal understanding.

Notes

  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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