Core Module Information
Module title: Social Psychology 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY07101
Module leader: Hilary Tait
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to the field of social psychology. You will begin to explore, from a psychological perspective, how we influence, think about, interact with and relate to each other. Specifically, the module will focus on questions of group formation, social influence, social identity, human aggression, prosocial behaviour, conformity, compliance and obedience. Application of social psychological theory to real world events is a theme which runs throughout the module.
The five subtopics covered in the module are:
Social Identity – the influence of those around us on who we are
Small Group Processes – group formation, group think and group polarisation
Aggression – evolutionary and social explanations of violence and aggression
Prosocial Behaviour – evolutionary and social explanations of helping behaviour
The Conformity Continuum - conformity, compliance and obedience

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning social identity (LO1), small group processes (LO2), the conformity continuum (LO3), pro-social behaviour (LO4) and aggression (LO5). In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the value of and varying approaches to the study of social psychology (LO6).

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hilary Tait
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered through a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week.
Lectures utilise audio-visual resources, and tutorials include small group and whole class discussions, and task-based exercises to ensure student activity and engagement. Specific weekly tutorial preparation tasks (readings, research exercises and/or questions) provide a foundation for structured tutorial activities and discussion.

LOs1-5 address distinct topic areas in two week blocks. LO6 is holistic and is addressed throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Students write brief formative essays corresponding to three of the module's topics (LOs 1,3,5). These formative essays align closely in scope and length to the examination questions that follow at the end of the module and thus provide excellent practice for first year students who have not previously experienced university-level exams.
Formatives are submitted and feedback is provided within a week of submission via Turnitin.

Summative Assessment:
Two short MCQ tests (measuring LOs 2 and 4). 2 x 15% = 30% weighting
A 2-hour essay-based exam (measuring LOs 1,3,5 and 6). 70% weigthing

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1, 3, 5, 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Class Test 30 2, 4 6 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY07101 Social Psychology 1