Module title: Introduction to Psychology

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

Module code: PSY07103
Module leader: Mirona Gheorghiu
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mirona Gheorghiu
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Module content will be explored in a weekly two-hour lecture and a fortnightly two-hour tutorial. Each of the five core areas of psychology will have two weeks dedicated to them, and the approaches and perspectives will be embedded throughout the module (LOs 1-3).

Tutorials will actively encourage interaction between students to try to facilitate a robust community of learners; in every tutorial, the class will be divided into smaller groups by the tutor, and small group composition will be changed on a weekly basis. Tutorial tasks will be wide-ranging and will include discussion and application of theoretical material, modest research, presentation to the whole group, and academic skills development (LOs 1-4).

Between classes, students will be given directed independent work to do. This will include tutor-selected readings, self-selected readings, written exercises and research.

Skills developed will include group-working and giving a poster presentations (LO 5), note-making, and referencing. These will be enhanced and supported through the tutorial programme.

Formative Assessment:
Students will undertake short written formative assignments, which will be based on lecture and/or tutorial content. These will vary in nature – e.g., summarising a research article in terms of theory, method, results and implications, providing the results of a PSYCINFO literature search. Submissions will be made to Turnitin and a random subset of submissions from each student across the trimester will receive tutor feedback. For other submissions, self- and peer feedback will be employed.

These formative writing exercises are intended to provide feedback to students about their understanding of module material and how to read and interpret research published in peer review journals at a point before formal summative assessments are submitted. They will also provide valuable feedback to staff about student engagement and understanding at a point when intervention is possible if deemed necessary.

Students will be strongly encouraged to undertake these formative assignments conscientiously; their purpose is to facilitate the transition between school/college and university and to underline the importance of developing good quality independent learning and appropriate study habits.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment has been designed to fulfill a number of pedagogic aims:
- To aid the transition between school/college and university by getting students to work steadily throughout the trimester
- To encourage productive interaction between students in order to develop a cooperative and supportive learning environment.
- To ensure students are not over-benefitted in the module marks they obtain through free-riding on others.

There are two pieces of summative assessment:

50% Literature review (week 6), 1000 words: (LO 1-4)
The purpose of this assessment is to deepen students’ understanding of the topics covered up to week 5 by requiring them to conduct a literature search on a particular topic, choose relevant and most recent peer-reviewed articles and integrate them to provide an overview of the topic.

50% Group poster presentation (week 13): (LO 1-5)
The purpose of the group poster presentation is to foster positive and supportive relationships within the class and to encourage interest. The poster presentation will also assess students’ knowledge and understanding of the material covered in the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3 & 4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Poster 50 1,2,3,4 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is designed to give you a broad and general overview of psychology. It introduces psychology’s core areas – cognitive, developmental, individual differences, social and biological – and the main approaches and perspectives that are used in studying psychology – for example, cognitive, biological, behavioural, psychodynamic, socio-cultural and trait.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1: Outline the core areas studied in psychology.
LO2: Describe the main approaches and perspectives used in studying psychology.
LO3: Identify the strengths and limitations of each approach/perspective.
LO4: Acquire fundamental research skills (i.e., conducting a literature search in PSYCINFO, identifying relevant research published in peer-reviewed journals and understanding how to read and use peer-reviewed research articles).
LO5: Develop group working skills.

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