Introduction to Biological and General Psychology - PSYC3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Amir-Homayoun Javadi checkmark-circle

Overview

This module provides you with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues of cognitive and biological psychology. It covers the historical development of cognitive psychology as a science, the brain processes that underlie human behaviour and behavioural genetics. It focuses on the cognitive processes of learning, thought, perception, memory, attention, intelligence, psychopathology and disorders of cognition. Each topic includes a brief overview of its historical development before introducing you to the current theories, methods and issues. The module is taught through lectures and the accompanying psychology specific skills seminars.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300

Availability

Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc Business Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year

Method of assessment

Moodle Quiz (45 minutes) 40%
Examination (2 hours) 60%

Reassessment: Like for Like

**Please note that the exam in May/June 2023 will be In Person**

Indicative reading

• Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2019). Cognitive Neuroscience - the biology of the mind (5th International Edition). W. W. Norton & Company.
• Diamond & Scheibel (2000 or 1985).The human brain coloring book.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in biological and cognitive psychology
2. demonstrate development of subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in biological and cognitive psychology, and employing the inferential method in science
3. understand the historical development of cognitive psychology as a science

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. demonstrate development of intellectual skills, including reading and writing skills, critical reflection and written analysis and interpretation
2. demonstrate development of transferable skills, including communication skills, numeracy, use of information technology, working with others, and problem solving

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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