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 explores 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 abnormal psychology, sensation, consciousness, child psychology, motivation, emotion, memory and attitudes, and 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.
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150
Offered as an elective module to non-psychology students. Available to Short-Term credit students.
Method of assessment
Examination 2 hours 80%
Research Participation 20%
* An alternative assessment may be provided for those short-term students who will no longer be registered when the examination takes place. This alternative assessment will assess the same learning outcomes as the end of year exam.
Reassessment methods: Like for Like.
Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
Martin, G. N., Carlson, N. R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (Fifth European Edition). Harlow: Pearson Education.
Additional readings will be recommended from this text in each lecture
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of psychology as a science and the research methods used within the study of psychology
8.2 Show a familiarity and awareness of how key concepts in psychology relate to current and contemporary issues in modern society
8.3 Demonstrate an awareness of sub-disciplines within psychology and how they relate to each other
8.4 Demonstrate introductory knowledge of key concepts in the study of abnormal psychology, sensation, consciousness, child psychology, motivation, emotion, memory and attitudes, and group processes
8.5 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research
9.2 Demonstrate the use of information technology (e.g. study guides, on-line tests and other resources on the web described in the recommended text book) to support learning and personal understanding of psychology
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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