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PSY1001 : Psychological Enquiry 1 - Psychological Literacy and Academic Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Billie Moffat-Knox
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Psychological Enquiry 1 is the first in a programme of modules designed to support students development of academic skills, professional skills and psychological literacy throughout their degree. In particular, this module supports the transition into the academic environment of the School of Psychology and the University through workshop sessions and study groups led by final year student mentors.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is designed to introduce students to the academic skills and conventions required as part of a psychology degree. Furthermore, it will introduce the concept of psychological literacy and provide students with the opportunity to develop the attributes and competencies expected of a psychology student and graduate. Sessions will focus on; finding, reading and evaluating psychological literature; academic conventions and conduct (e.g. referencing and plagiarism); communicating in different contexts (presentations, academic writing and science for non-scientific audiences); acting ethically, respecting diversity and being culturally competent. The module will also include an ‘Enterprise Challenge’ which will allow students to apply the principles of psychology to a real-world problem whilst developing self and other awareness.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Skills Portfolio
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities22:004:00Non-Synchronous IT & Library skills sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Tutor led essay supervision sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Enterprise Challenge delivered alongside careers service.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops102:0020:00PIP workshops incorporating mentor sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in person presentation Skills sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00General reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Workshops will introduce the key topics and provide an opportunity to develop skills. In these sessions students will work alongside student peer-mentors and a small group of their peers to practice these skills. Students will also work with their personal tutor who will act as an essay supervisor who will help support the students’ essay writing. Practical sessions will develop relevant IT and Library skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M1006 components: 1000-word essay, literature search, plagiarism understanding, APA referencing, critical thinking, 5min oral pres.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MDraft essay submission for formative feedback (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The skills portfolio assess the core skills developed over the course of the module. The skills focus on academic and scientific communication and include literature searching, referencing, plagiarism, critical thinking, presentations and culminate in an essay.

Students will be encouraged to complete the majority of their portfolio in scheduled workshop sessions, the aim being that students work alongside their mentors and peers to ensure they have achieved the appropriate skills over the course of the module and demonstrate concept threshold of the assessed competencies. The literature searching and, referencing task, will be focused on the essay topic in order to help develop the essay writing skills. The critical thinking task will develop skills in evaluating the credibility of evidence and/or scientific communication. The presentation will help develop basic competencies in presentation skills and public speaking. Students will be asked to submit a draft of their essay for formative feedback from their personal tutor. Students will be required to submit their skills portfolio which consists of the essay and the five additional competencies. The module mark will be derived from the mark awarded to the essay, however failure to demonstrate fewer than three of the five competencies (in addition to the essay) will result in the module mark being capped at 40.

Reading Lists