Introduction to Biological and General Psychology - PSYC3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Amir-Homayoun Javadi checkmark-circle


This module provides students with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues of cognitive and biological psychology. The module covers the historical development of cognitive psychology as a science, the brain processes which underlie human behaviour and behavioural genetics. The module 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 students to the current theories, methods and issues. The module is taught through lectures and the accompanying psychology specific skills seminars.


Contact hours

Private Study: 256
Contact Hours: 44
Total: 300


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

This module is available only to Kent students studying Psychology. Not available as an elective module. Not available to short-term credit students.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
• MCQ Online Test 45mins 40%
• Examination 2 hours 60%

Reassessment methods
• Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students 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 historical development of cognitive psychology as a science.


  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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