Introduction to Biological and General Psychology - SP301

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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4 30 (15) DR M Tresh




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



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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

1 two-hour lecture per week plus a 1.5 hour weekly study skills workshop, which is integrated with the other core subject in year 1 (SP302).

Method of assessment

40% Coursework. Formed of a MCQ In Course Test (20%) and an In Course Test timed essay assignment (20%).
60% Examination

Indicative reading

Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D. (2011) Psychology (8th International Student Edition). London: W.W. Norton.

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

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