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SPE1037 : Brain and Behaviour I (Introduction to Psychology element)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To present foundation concepts in psychology, incorporating development over the lifespan.
2. To develop reporting skills and practice through writing essays, observational reports and logs, and giving short presentations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to:
•       Cognitive Psychology
•       Nature-nurture debate
•       Psychology of language
•       Psychology of learning

Workshop on essay writing
Workshop on referencing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice42:008:00Preparation for presentations and debate
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes are addressed through lectures and guided reading/study.
Skills outcomes are addressed through essay and referencing workshops, practice at giving presentations.
Lectures to introduce and provide an overview of main topics.. Private study encompassing reading around topic areas to consolidate knowledge.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1002000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M1000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes are assessed through the essays. Skills outcomes are promoted by setting a formative essay mid-tem in semester 1 and giving feedback in good time for students to apply this in their summative essay.

Reading Lists