Introduction to Biological and General Psychology - PSYC3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Amir-Homayoun Javadi checkmark-circle


Psychology is an increasingly popular discipline, possibly because of its relevance to the problems of everyday life. It is also a scientific discipline and draws on other areas of scientific investigation for its concepts and ideas, including Biology, Linguistics, Computer Science and Philosophy. The general aim of this module is to introduce students to the scientific study of behaviour, covering the basic approaches to the subject, including the Biological approach, the Cognitive approach, Behaviourism and Ethology, the Development perspective and related philosophical ideas. Rather than teach these topics in separate blocks, the module is organised so as to emphasise how the theoretical frameworks underlying these approaches relate and contrast. The module also shows how psychological theories and ideas can be used to account for both everyday and abnormal human behaviour.


Contact hours

56 hours (lectures & seminars)

Method of assessment

40% Coursework. Formed of two In Course Tests (20% each)
60% Examination

Indicative reading

Core reading:
Eysenck, M. W., & Keane, M. T. (2015). Cognitive psychology: A student's handbook. Psychology press.
Core reading:
Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D. (2011) Psychology (8th International Student Edition). London: W.W.Norton
Supplementary Reading:
Diamond, M. C., & Scheibel, A. B. (2000). The human brain coloring book. Collins Reference.
Supplementary Reading:
Gowin, J., & Kothmann, W. (2016). The Brain: A Student's Self-Test Colouring Book. QUAD Books.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in biological and cognitive psychology
8.2 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
8.3 understand historical development of cognitive psychology as a science

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 demonstrate development of intellectual skills, including reading and writing skills, critical reflection and written analysis and interpretation
9.2 demonstrate development of transferable skills, including communication skills, numeracy, use of information technology, working with others, and problem solving


  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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